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The Education of Achilles
Oil on canvas. 1727
Conca, Sebastiano
The Education of Achilles
Oil on canvas. 1727
Conca, Sebastiano

King Philip V of Spain’s last son, Luis Antonio Jaime, was born on 25 July 1727. To celebrate the occasion, the Piazza di Spagna in Rome was decorated with an artificial boulder of considerable dimensions representing the the moment when Thetis delivered her son, Achilles, to Chiron, the centaur responsible for educating him and sending him to the temple of Glory. This allegory of the education of

Alexander the Great in the Temple of Jerusalem
Oil on canvas. 1736
Conca, Sebastiano
Alexander the Great in the Temple of Jerusalem
Oil on canvas. 1736
Conca, Sebastiano

This is a preparatory oil sketch for a painting commissioned by Philip V for the “Salón de las Empresas del Rey” in the palace of La Granja (Segovia). The decorative scheme comprised large-scale canvases by French and Italian artists that depicted scenes from the life of Alexander, a frequently used model of royal virtues. Here the Emperor is offering a sacrifice in the Temple as a mark of respect

Solomon worshipping Idols
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1750
Conca, Sebastiano
Solomon worshipping Idols
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1750
Conca, Sebastiano

Disobeying God, Solomon loved numerous women, who convinced him to turn to the idolatry of the pagan gods. These gods are here symbolized by Diana and Minerva, to whom Solomon dedicated a temple outside Jerusalem, where his wives and concubines burned incense and offered sacrifices.

The Dream of Saint Joseph
Black chalk, Pencil, Grey wash on dark yellow paper. Early XVIII century
Conca, Sebastiano
The Dream of Saint Joseph
Black chalk, Pencil, Grey wash on dark yellow paper. Early XVIII century
Conca, Sebastiano

San José de frente, en primer término, y dormido, un ángel vuela sobre su cabeza y levanta su manto. Al fondo, tras una puerta, la Virgen amamanta al Niño. El dibujo forma, tal vez, pareja con el D03344 ya que presenta características semejantes y deben ser ambos del periodo romano de Conca, ya que es evidente la influencia de los modelos y de las composiciones de Carlo Maratti.Sebastiano Conca (1

Rest on The Flight into Egypt
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink, Squared-up on laid paper. XVIII century
Conca, Sebastiano (Attributed To)
Rest on The Flight into Egypt
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink, Squared-up on laid paper. XVIII century
Conca, Sebastiano (Attributed To)

Bacchus and Ariadne
Pencil, Grey-brown wash, White lead on papel verjurado, verdoso. Ca. 1715
Conca, Sebastiano
Bacchus and Ariadne
Pencil, Grey-brown wash, White lead on papel verjurado, verdoso. Ca. 1715
Conca, Sebastiano

La composición enmarcada a tinta presenta a la izquierda a Ariadna sentada; a la derecha, Baco la corona en pie y un fauno arrodillado vierte el vino en un ánfora. Al fondo, Sileno, transportado por sus compañeros. Existen varias composiciones de Conca de este tema, conocidas por lienzos y dibujos, fechadas hacia 1715. El dibujo del Prado presenta una escena diferente, pero relacionada estilística

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