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The Embarkation of Saint Paula
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1639
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
The Embarkation of Saint Paula
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1639
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

A noble Roman widow and mother of five children, Saint Paula decided to retreat to the desert and abandon her worldly ways in favour of a life of prayer and penitence. In 285 AD she abandoned Rome wit [+]

The Finding of Moses
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
The Finding of Moses
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

A broad landscape is the setting for Moses’s rescue from the Nile River by the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter and her retinue. In the foreground, a shepherd sleeps, indifferent to the events taking place [+]

Landscape with Saint Onuphrius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
Landscape with Saint Onuphrius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

Saint Onuphrius, a hermit saint of the fourth century AD, retired to the Egyptian desert in search of solitude. As with other works for the decoration of the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid, this landsca [+]

The Archangel Raphael and Tobias
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
The Archangel Raphael and Tobias
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

This painting shows the moment when, following an angel’s instructions, Tobias pulls out an enormous fish’s heart and entrails to cure his father’s blindness with them (Book of Tobit: VII, 15). The se [+]

Landscape with the Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
Landscape with the Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

The saint is depicted among ruins, imploring God to protect him from some small devils who disturb his spiritual retreat. The most striking element in the composition is its sophisticated lighting, wh [+]

Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas
Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas

Nicolas Poussin has a curious relation to the Buen Retiro Palace. Úbea considers him the determinant artist among all those who took part in its decorative project. That could explain why he wa [+]

Sacrifice for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano
Sacrifice for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano

This painting belongs to the Neapolitan group of scenes of ancient Roman life that were ordered in the early to mid 1630s by the Viceroy of Naples, the Count of Monterrey, to decorate the Buen Retiro [+]

Landscape with the Burial of Saint Serapia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1639
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
Landscape with the Burial of Saint Serapia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1639
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

Saint Sabina, the noble Roman widow, became a Christian through the influence of her maid, Saint Serapia, a native of Antioch who fled the religious persecution of Christians there. The painting prese [+]

River Ford
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
River Ford
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

A bridge and river over a sunset in the background divide the landscape in depth. At the center of the foreground, three shepherds, seven head of cattle and two goats are framed by copses of woods on [+]

The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Bourdon, Sébastien
The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Bourdon, Sébastien

A depiction of the Old Testament passage (Numbers 21, 4-9) in which God orders Moses to make a bronze snake on a stick. Merely looking at it would cure those repentant sinners who had been punished wi [+]

Time defeated by Hope and Beauty
Oil on canvas. 1627
Vouet, Simon
Time defeated by Hope and Beauty
Oil on canvas. 1627
Vouet, Simon

Saturn, who represents Time in Roman mythology, has fallen beside his attributes, a scythe and an hourglass. Beauty -possibly a portrait of the painter´s wife, Virginia da Vezzo- olds him by the hear, [+]

Portrait of a Girl with a Pigeon
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Vouet, Simon
Portrait of a Girl with a Pigeon
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Vouet, Simon

A smiling girl, seemingly aged around ten, looks out at the viewer, fully engaging our attention. Her relaxed pose contrasts with the rigid conventions of portraiture of this period. The figure is sur [+]

Tabletop with central interlaced Motif
Paragone, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor
Tabletop with central interlaced Motif
Paragone, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Alabaster. Early XVII century
Roman Sculptor

This is rare type of tabletop that combines Roman Mannerist elements such as the border with pre-Baroque ones such as the exuberant floral and foliate motif that fills the centre. This motif replaces [+]

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