The 17th Century
The collection of over 90 paintings by Rubens includes a large number of his masterpieces, among them The Adoration of the Magi, Adam and Eve, The Holy Family with Saint Ann, Marie de Medici, Queen of France, Equestrian Portrait of the Duke of Lerma, The Three Graces, The Judgement of Paris, and The Garden of Love. Other highly important works are the collaborative compositions executed by Rubens with other artists such as the series on the Five Senses which involved the participation of Jan “Velvet” Brueghel.
The collection of portraits by Van Dyck is exceptional, particularly Sir Endymion Porter and Anton van Dyck, and Martin Ryckaert among the male portraits and Beatrice, Countess of Oxford and Maria Ruthwen among the female ones.
The most important genre painter of this school and period is David Teniers, of whom the Prado owns more than 50 paintings. Among animal painters particular attention should be paid to Frans Snyders and Paul de Vos, while Clara Peeters and Daniel Seghers are notable for their still lifes.