Upper Foyer

Roman mosaics from the turn of the 3rd century A.D. from Alcolea del Río, located outside of Carmona (Seville), are displayed along the walls of the stairway leading up to the mezzanine. A medallion with the head of Medusa is particularly striking in its vivid rendering of the monster from Greek mythology with a woman’s face and snakes for hair. Above the mosaics and along the walls of the upper foyer are examples of Spanish cuenca tiles of the 16th century. These tiles represent a selection of the Hispanic Society’s holdings of Spanish and Latin American tiles from the 14th through early 20th centuries, and serve as a prelude to the Ceramics Gallery.