For a Fiesta, Remember San Antonio

Deep in the heart of Texas, you’ll find cuisine, culture, and a little bit of camp.

BY Trudy Ring

April 18 2013 4:00 AM ET


Art and Culture
The San Antonio Museum of Art has a diverse collection that includes a trove of Mexican folk art amassed by the late politician and philanthropist Nelson Rockefeller and, in the contemporary galleries, Ed Saavedra’s painting of gay pioneer Harvey Milk. Don’t miss one of the museum’s most unusual pieces, a tapestry copy of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, which Picasso commissioned master weavers René and Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach to create in the 1950s. SAMuseum.org

Villa Finale, a mansion built in 1876, was once the home of bachelor stockbroker, investment banker, and inveterate collector Walter Mathis, who bought it in 1967. Today it’s a showcase for the many artifacts accumulated by Mathis, who died in 2005. Every room is filled with fine furniture, pieces of art, and collectible items reflecting Mathis’s varied interests: the life of Napoléon Bonaparte, European decorative arts, and Texas painters, to name just a few. VillaFinale.org

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