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Ruins with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1730
Panini, Giovanni Paolo
Ruins with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1730
Panini, Giovanni Paolo

This “architectural capriccio”, a popular genre in the eighteenth century due to its evocative combination of reality and fantasy, depicts an imaginary landscape with the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius in R [+]

The Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado

Supported by an angel and accompanied by a youthful angel holding the crown of thorns, the dead Christ lies on the orb of the world before God the Father and the dove of the Holy Spirit. The expressiv [+]

Allegory of Justice and Peace
Oil on canvas. 1753 - 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
Allegory of Justice and Peace
Oil on canvas. 1753 - 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

This allegorical work, signed on the column lying on the ground in the centre of the composition, shows two women in Roman garb sitting on clouds. Representing Justice and Peace, they embrace and seem [+]

Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1730
Solimena, Francesco
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1730
Solimena, Francesco

Saint John the Baptist looks out at the viewer with a direct, decided gaze. His face is framed by the diagonal lines of his arms while his body is emphasised by the pronounced chiaroscuro. The saint i [+]

The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1761
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1761
Giaquinto, Corrado

This is a sketch of the fresco that Corrado Giaquinto painted in the former stairway at the Madrid’s Royal Palace, which is now the Hall of Columns. That fresco, his last work at the Royal Palace, is [+]

Spain pays Homage to Religion and Faith
Oil on canvas. 1759
Giaquinto, Corrado
Spain pays Homage to Religion and Faith
Oil on canvas. 1759
Giaquinto, Corrado

In what is now the stairway at Madrid’s Royal Palace, Corrado Giaquinto developed a program depicting the Spanish Monarchy, its virtues and its historical mission to serve and defend Religion. Allegor [+]

Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Harbour
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio
Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Harbour
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio

A depiction of the port of Naples on 6 October 1759, when Charles of Bourbon (1716-1788) left for Spain, where he would reign under the name of Carlos III. son of Felipe V (1683-1746) and Isabel de Fa [+]

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 outsi [+]

Ruins with Saint Paul preaching
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1735
Panini, Giovanni Paolo
Ruins with Saint Paul preaching
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1735
Panini, Giovanni Paolo

This canvas forms a pair with that of Ruins with a Woman preaching. It depicts the Apostle Paul preaching, standing between the portico of a ruined temple and the temple of Vesta with the pyramid of G [+]

Ruins with a Woman preaching (a Sibyl?)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1735
Panini, Giovanni Paolo
Ruins with a Woman preaching (a Sibyl?)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1735
Panini, Giovanni Paolo

The principal focus of this canvas and its pair, Ruins with Saint Paul preaching, is the splendour of Roman ruins and the evocation of the classical tradition. Within a setting of archaeological remai [+]

Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Sea
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio
Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Sea
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio

This painting depicts the moment when the Spanish fleet commanded by the Marquis of La Victoria leaves the port of Naples after having taken aboard the new monarch, Charles III, and his family. Accomp [+]

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 canva [+]

The Triumph of Saint John of God
Oil on canvas. 1740
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Triumph of Saint John of God
Oil on canvas. 1740
Giaquinto, Corrado

This is a study for a ceiling fresco in the Roman church of San Giovanni Calibita in the Fatebenefratelli hospital. Due to its beauty and monumentality it was used to decorate the sacristy in the Roya [+]

Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1775 - 1780
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Lapis lazuli. 1775 - 1780
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Two men play skittles among Roman ruins in a setting that recalls Venetian view paintings or vedute. The scene is framed by a border with fruit, musical and scientific instruments, books and a tray wi [+]

Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1775 - 1783
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Console Table
Gilt-bronze, Paragone, Jasper. 1775 - 1783
Ferroni, Juan Bautista; Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The decoration of the tabletop is a trompe l’oeil design of the "disordered table" type. The objects refer to the liberal arts, including paintings, of which two are anamorphic and one a silhouette po [+]

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