SANTA FE, N.M. — Peruvian ambassador’s collection displayed at Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
The descendent of a Spanish conquistador, Pedro Gerardo Beltrán Espantoso traveled the world collecting everything from Peruvian silver to Chinese screens.
Today, the treasures of those travels are on exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
The owner of the Peruvian newspaper La Prensa, Beltrán Espantoso was Peru’s ambassador to the U.S. His term as his country’s minister of finance and prime minister (from 1959-1961) helped stabilize the Peruvian economy. He and his American wife, Miriam Therese Kropp, collected artwork from Massachusetts to Japan. The couple had no heirs, so when Miriam died in 2010, a family friend and attorney placed the collection in a Christie’s New York viewing last November.