In the 16th century, European artists traveled to Latin America to meet the huge demand for artistic creations in newly established religious institutions. Sometimes, family workshops founded there lasted generations. By the 17th century, artists born in Latin America began to dominate, and new styles had less and less to do with European origins. The 18th century saw the full flowering of Spanish colonial art as regional schools and academies developed and as influential patrons demanded both religious and secular paintings of the highest quality.

This 45-minute, docent-led tour explores the exhibition Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Thoma Collection, which features selections from Carl and Marilynn Thoma’s celebrated private collection, and encourages visitors to discuss the artwork together.

Drop in! Gallery tours are free with Museum admission. On Thursdays, Museum admission is free, courtesy of Shell.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; Houston Junior Woman's Club; ExxonMobil; Mercantil Bank; Mr. William J. Hill; The Windgate Charitable Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Sharon G. Dies; and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.