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The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

On June 5, 1625 the Dutch governor of Breda, Justinus van Nassau, surrendered the keys of that city to Ambrosio Spínola, the Genoese general commanding the Spanish tercios (a group of soldiers [+]

The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe
The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe

The capitulation of the Rhenish city of Jülich was one of the most outstanding events at the beginning of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Occupied by Maurice of Nassau’s French troops since 161 [+]

Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules’s encounter with the Erimanthean bore is not the best known of his labors. At first glance, it would appear to be nothing more than a new demonstration of his capacity to vanquish evil and sa [+]

The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista
The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista

The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos was commissioned from Maíno towards the end of 1634. The artist was still working on it on 24 March 1635, date on which he received the first 1 [+]

Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The Greek hero’s deeds that took place in the Iberian Peninsula, of which this is one, were interpreted as demonstrating his status as mythical forerunner of the Spanish monarchy.Hercules is shown mak [+]

Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Cretan Bull
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

At Eurystheus’s behest, Hercules killed the Cretan Bull, a dangerous and ferocious animal that was decimating Crete. The Cretan Bull was a handsome bull that Poseidon had asked the king of Crete to sa [+]

Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The inhabitants of Lerna were terrorized by a multiheaded serpent that left a path of destruction behind. The creature was impossible to defeat because every time it lost one head, two grew in its pla [+]

Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules diverting the Course of the River Alpheus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules looks at the viewer from the left side of the composition, cheerful after having rerouted the Alpheus river in response to a challenge by Augeas, King of Elis. The description of this episode [+]

The Relief of Genoa by the 2nd Marquis of Santa Cruz
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de
The Relief of Genoa by the 2nd Marquis of Santa Cruz
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de

Here, the doge of the Republic of Genoa emerges through the gates of the city in order to receive Don Álvaro de Bazán, the Marquis of Santa Cruz, who has arrived as the commander of a fl [+]

Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules fighting the Nemean Lion
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

A lion was ravishing the region of Nemea and frightening its inhabitants to such a degree that they could no longer work the land. The Marquis of Villena’s Twelve Labors of Hercules, along with Juan P [+]

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