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Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

This portrait of Philip V is based on a prototype devised by Meléndez in the 1720s. It combines a French model with the use of broad, zig-zagging brushstrokes typical of the Madrid Baroque styl [+]

Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea
Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea

Towards the edges of two moulded stone shelves rest two bronze vases with broad decorated bases and slender stems embraced, in one case by a group of tritons (P550) and, in the other by, a group of mi [+]

The Marquis of Caracena and his Cortège
Oil on canvas. 1664
Meulen, Adan Frans Van Der
The Marquis of Caracena and his Cortège
Oil on canvas. 1664
Meulen, Adan Frans Van Der

Traditionally thought to depict Louis XIV departing on a military campaign, this canvas in fact represents the cortège of a Spanish governor in Flanders. The principal figure in the carriage is [+]

Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1693 - 1694
Giordano, Luca
Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1693 - 1694
Giordano, Luca

Evoking the model of the great equestrian portraits painted for the Spanish Habsburgs by Titian, Rubens and Velázquez, Giordano offers his own idealised and triumphal depiction of Maria Anna of [+]

The Holy Family with the infant John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1655
Giordano, Luca
The Holy Family with the infant John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1655
Giordano, Luca

Giordano was particularly gifted at imitating the style of some of the celebrated masters of the past, as evident in this work which evokes Raphael’s pictorial language. More than a mere exercise in i [+]

Rose Bush in flower
Oil on canvas. 1680 - 1700
Caffi, Margarita
Rose Bush in flower
Oil on canvas. 1680 - 1700
Caffi, Margarita

In contrast to the floral compositions habitual in Baroque painting and in Caffi’s own work, this canvas shows different plants growing directly from the ground with the evident aim of conveying spont [+]

Charles II, King of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1693
Giordano, Luca
Charles II, King of Spain, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1693
Giordano, Luca

Luca Giordano (1634-1705) made an equestrian portrait of Charles II for the Hall of Mirrors at Madrid’s Alcázar palace to emphasize the dynastic continuum in which Charles II constituted the la [+]

Charles II
Oil on canvas. 1693
Giordano, Luca
Charles II
Oil on canvas. 1693
Giordano, Luca

Charles II is depicted in armour, wearing the emblem of the Golden Fleece and an ornate neck tie in the French style, an accessory he favoured when outside Madrid from around 1677. Despite these forma [+]

Family in a Garden
Oil on canvas. 1679
Kessel el Joven, Jan Van
Family in a Garden
Oil on canvas. 1679
Kessel el Joven, Jan Van

This scene of a family in a garden is a rare example of a group portrait in Spanish 17th-century art. Its uniqueness is explained by the fact that it was painted by a Flemish artist based in Madrid, w [+]

Charles II in armour
Oil on canvas. 1681
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Charles II in armour
Oil on canvas. 1681
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Charles II was born in 1661, the only son of Philip IV and his second wife (and niece), Mariana of Austria, to survive to adulthood. Charles succeeded his father in 1665 and died without an heir in 17 [+]

The Holy Family
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1732
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
The Holy Family
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1732
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

The motif of the sleeping Christ Child is a traditional image that prefigures his death. He is watched by Joseph and Mary, who is surrounded by the roses that symbolise her. She restrains the Infant S [+]

Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea
Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea

Towards the edges of two moulded stone shelves rest two bronze vases with broad decorated bases and slender stems embraced, in one case by a group of tritons (P550) and, in the other by, a group of mi [+]

Isabella Farnese
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Isabella Farnese
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

The brightly lit figure of Isabella Farnese stands out strongly against a dark background. Her face conforms to the highly idealised and slightly inexpressive prototype that Meléndez used in hi [+]

The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1720 - 1726
Houasse, Michel-Ange
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1720 - 1726
Houasse, Michel-Ange

In his interpretation of the traditional subject of the Holy Family Houasse evokes the French tradition of the second half of the 17th century century, imbuing it with the currently fashionable Italia [+]

Louis XIV of France
Oil on canvas. 1701
Rigaud, Hyacinthe
Louis XIV of France
Oil on canvas. 1701
Rigaud, Hyacinthe

The absolute protagonist of this canvas is the Sun King, who governed France from 1643 to 1715. He was only five years old when he took the throne after the death of his father, Louis XIII, but the ea [+]

Charles II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Charles II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

The most characteristic depiction of Felipe IV towards the end of his life is a half-length one, wearing dark clothes with the emblem of the Order of the Golden Fleece around his neck and standing out [+]

Philip V on horseback
Bronze. 1702
Vaccaro, Lorenzo
Philip V on horseback
Bronze. 1702
Vaccaro, Lorenzo

In this sculptural group conceived in the classical manner Philip V wears a Roman-style cuirass and a curly wig of the French type. Vaccaro’s bronze is a small-scale version of his equestrian monument [+]

Carlos II on Horseback
Gilt-bronze, Wood. 1698
Foggini, Giovanni Battista
Carlos II on Horseback
Gilt-bronze, Wood. 1698
Foggini, Giovanni Battista

A small equestrian statue on a gilded wooden base. The Spanish king, Carlos II (1661-1700) wears epic clothing of Roman character, holding a scepter in his right hand and the reins of his horse in the [+]

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