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Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Moses Myers House

323 E. Freemason St.
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Reading Room
Currently closed

About the Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Wedding & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

In-person Tours

Group tours are available for groups of 20 or fewer. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Visiting Artist Series

Bringing the world’s top glass art talent to Hampton Roads
Find out more

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Give the Chrysler Experience

Share everything you love about the Chrysler Museum with a gift membership. Perfect for everyone on your list.

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

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Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920

On View

February 12, 2021 — May 16, 2021

Located in

Special Exhibition Galleries

Cassatt Spanish girl leaning on a window sill
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Spanish Girl Leaning on a Window Sill, ca. 1872, Oil on canvas, Manuel Piñanes García-Olías, Madrid
Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920 explores a pivotal moment, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when American artists and their European counterparts flocked to Spain to capture its scenic charms and seemingly exotic customs.

Co-organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, the exhibition is developed around each institution’s unique collection of American and old master paintings. The show features works by Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri, John Singer Sargent, and others alongside their Spanish contemporaries and the country’s Old Masters.

 

 

Juan Bautista Martinez del Mazo (Spanish, 1591–1652), Queen Mariana, ca. 1652-53, Oil on canvas, New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857–1903), Spanish Courtyard, 1883, Oil on canvas, Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Joni Herschede and Museum Purchase with funds from the Fanny Bryce Lehmer Endowment, 2002.104

Americans in Spain examines the widespread influence of Spanish art and culture on American painting. For many artists, particularly in the second half of the nineteenth century, Spain was a requisite stop on their European tour. A large number of America’s most prominent artists—many of them establishing their artistic footing—traveled to the country for training and to study its Old Masters at the Prado Museum. They, in turn, absorbed and translated into their own work Spanish subjects and styles.

While a few books and catalogues have been devoted to American artists’ experience in (and fascination with) Spain, the subject has been given far less treatment than other aspects of the grand tour. Americans in Spain is the first exhibition to present this important period of American art to a wide audience, and it will expand on previous studies by emphasizing a focused range of topics: Spain’s Islamic culture, the country’s economic and political situation and international status at the time, the impact of Spain’s painters on American artists, the Prado Museum as a center of study, and the critical and popular reception of these American painters’ Spanish works.

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916), La Carmencita, 1890, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Sir William Van Horne, 1906

The exhibition presents more than seventy paintings alongside nineteenth-century photographs, prints, and travel guides. The works on view come from a wide range of national and international collections including the Prado Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Musée d’Orsay; Getty Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum; and others as well as a newly discovered painting by Mary Cassatt from a Madrid private collection never before shown in the United States.

Co-curated by Corey Piper, Brock Curator of American Art, Chrysler Museum of Art and Brandon Ruud, Abert Family Curator of American Art, Milwaukee Art Museum

 

The Artist-Travelers Project

This interactive mapping companion to the exhibition invites you to experience the places that artists visited during their journeys to Spain and the images they created. Simply zoom in, explore the historical maps, and click on a location to begin your own journey.

A Digital Guide for Americans in Spain

Use your personal device to explore select works from the exhibition in depth. The Americans in Spain app includes bilingual audio commentaries and additional information on thirty-six of the exhibition’s paintings and works on paper. The Americans in Spain app is available on Google Play and the App Store® for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®.

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Virtual Tour

Exhibition Programming

Member Preview Day
Thursday, February 11

All current Members are invited to enjoy a first look at the exhibition before it opens to the public. Reserve tickets

Virtual Member Preview
Thursday, February 11

At 7 p.m., tune in for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Americans in Spain and a live interview with the exhibition co-curators. RSVP

Noches Españolas | Spanish Nights
First Wednesdays March–May

Museum Members, join us after-hours in the exhibition. The 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. time slots include a docent-led tour. Space is limited. Reserve tickets

Virtual Camp Chrysler: Spring Break in Spain
Mon.–Fri., April 5–9

Experience scenic charms and customs of the nineteenth century with crafts, story readings, and in-depth looks at the works on view in the exhibition. Get details

Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta My Uncle Daniel and his Family
In-Gallery Drawing Workshops
Saturdays, April 10 or May 1

Learn basic techniques for drawing from paintings during two hours of guided instruction with local artist Rowena Finn. Materials are included. Sign up

Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture: Saucy Cigarreras and Sevillian Barbers
Wednesday, February 24

A virtual lecture with Brandon Ruud, PhD, Abert Family Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum and co-curator of the exhibition. Details

Looking for Mary Cassatt in Spain with Betsy Boone
Saturday, May 1

Historian M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone, Ph.D. will share details about the artist, the work, and her discovery during this virtual program. Sign up

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Support

Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820-1920 is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors
Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Arts Society
Wyeth Foundation for American Art

Contributing Sponsors
Joan and Macon Brock American Art Endowment
Christie’s
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Presenting Sponsor at the Chrysler Museum of Art

The 3D Visualization of the Prado Museum and Interactive Artist Travelers Project and exhibition app were developed in partnership with the Milwaukee Art Museum and Marquette University, including Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, professor of Spanish languages, literatures, and cultures, and Tim Korolev and Shiyu Tian, and funded by a Marquette University Explorer Challenge Grant.

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