The painting of Diego Velazquez, "Gaspar de Guzman"
is among 200 works from the Hispanic Society of America
What began more than a century ago as one man's passion for all things Spanish, has become the world's largest collection of Hispanic art outside Spain - and now part of it is going on display in the country for the first time.
Masterpieces from the 18,000 - work collection founded by American philanthropist Archer Milton Huntington go on display at Madrid's Prado Museum from Tuesday.
The exhibit opens with a portrait of the collector himself, painted in the 1920s when he was in his 50s, wearing a thin moustache and reserved air that belied an obsession nourished since childhood for the literature and art of Spain and its imperial lands.
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