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Painting by Patssi Valdez from Arte Latino

Patssi Valdez, The Magic Room,, 1994, acrylic, 96 x 119 5/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program

Browse the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Latino collection with our online exhibition Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. These paintings, sculptures, and photographs represent many different cultural traditions developed by mostly Spanish-speaking artists who have settled in the United States.

Plus Arte Latino includes a Spanish translation of each artwork caption! Practice your Spanish—or try to learn a little—by comparing our English and Spanish labels. Can you figure out the Spanish word for "painter?" How about "carver?" See if you can translate the following art-related terms—sculpture, cityscape, collage, canvas, and beauty!

Check out our online shop for a full-color book featuring selections from Arte Latino. And find more resources about Hispanic cultures—many of them providing Spanish text—at the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.

If you have comments or suggestions about this page please email us. The address is: AmericanArtinteract[at]si.edu.


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