Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum

Collection Information

Spanish Art

Master of Perea
Saint John the Baptist
( Around 1500)

One of the most important features of the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is its collection of Spanish art, one of the largest in East Asia. It has been formed around the core of the Suma Collection, formed by a private collector, and is recognized as one of the best collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

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Art Related to Nagasaki

Gyokuyo Kurihara
(Taisho Period)

The museum has acquired works produced since the Meiji period that have been made by artists born in Nagasaki or have used Nagasaki as a subject. The collection includes a variety of contemporary art, photography, design, and documentary materials as well as conventional painting and sculpture.

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The Suma Collection

Yakichiro Suma (1892-1970) was the Japanese envoy extraordinary to Spain during the Second World War, serving from 1941 to 1946. While in Madrid, he acquired a collection of Spanish art numbering over 1,760 items. According to Suma’s wishes, 78 items from the collection were bequeathed to Nagasaki prefecture in 1970. Through a combination of gifts and purchases, the number of works from the Suma collection held by the museum has now grown to 500 items.