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Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul
Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul

In this picture, the setting epitomises the classical concept of a Locus amoenus ("pleasant place") which developed from the time of Homer and referred to an ideal place for sensual being, with flowin [+]

Three Nymphs with the Horn of Plety
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans
Three Nymphs with the Horn of Plety
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans

Goddess of grains and the harvest, Ceres holds some corn cobs in her right hand while, with the left, she holds a horn of plenty. Two nymphs fill the cornucopia with fruits, symbolizing the Earth´s ge [+]

Act of Devotion by Rudolf I of Habsburg
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul; Wildens, Jan
Act of Devotion by Rudolf I of Habsburg
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul; Wildens, Jan

This work depicts an episode from the life of Rodolfo I (1218-1291), founder of the Hapsburg Dynasty. While hunting with his page, Regulo de Kyburg, Rodolfo met a priest and a sexton who were taking t [+]

The Three Graces
Oil on oak panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Three Graces
Oil on oak panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

The Graces were minor deities but in this splendid work Peter Paul Rubens devotes his best effort to them. The three goddesses embrace each other forming a circle. The positioning of their feet sugges [+]

The Garden of Love
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Garden of Love
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

We are confronted here with one of Rubens’s greatest gifts as a painter: his ability to create images of a joyful way of being in the world related to love and inspired by ancient literature and Renai [+]

Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

When Rubens visited the Spanish court in Madrid from late August 1628 until April 1629, he copied many of the numerous paintings by Titian in the royal collection. He was seduced by the radical techni [+]

The Judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

The mythological story of the Judgment of Paris begins with the wedding of Thetis and Peleus, where Eris, goddess of Discord, challenged the most beautiful goddesses to take a golden apple which she t [+]

Atalanta and Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Atalanta and Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

As Ovid tells in his Metamorphosis (book VIII, 260-444), the goddess Diana sent a giant wild boar to ravage the kingdom of Calydon. The king´s son, Meleager, and his beloved Atalanta organize a hunt w [+]

Perseus and Andromeda
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul; Jordaens, Jacques
Perseus and Andromeda
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul; Jordaens, Jacques

As punishment for the vanity of Cassiopeia, who thought herself more beautiful than the Neriads, Poseidon, god of the seas, sent a monster to the kingdom of Ethiopia. Its fury could only be detained i [+]

Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

Diana the huntress is resting with her court of Nymphs in a clearing in the woods when she is attacked by a group of Satyrs. Rubens turned this painting into a virtuoso exercise in composition. In the [+]

Tiberius
Gilt-bronze, Alabaster. 1610 - 1612
Cordier, Nicolas. Il Franciosino (Manner Of)
Tiberius
Gilt-bronze, Alabaster. 1610 - 1612
Cordier, Nicolas. Il Franciosino (Manner Of)

This full-length statue of the Emperor Tiberius (42BC to 37AD) is striking in its combination of materials, also found in other works by Cordier such as the Saint Agnes made for the Roman church of th [+]

Hermaphrodite
Bronze. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Hermaphrodite
Bronze. 1652
Bonuccelli, Matteo

Son of Hermes and Aphrodite, Hermaphrodite was a singularly handsome youth. According to Ovid (Metamorphoses 4, 285 ff.) Salmacis, the nymph from a lake in Caria, was enthralled by his beauty and pass [+]

Augustus
Bronze, Alabaster. 1692 - 1710
Monnot, Pierre (Attributed To)
Augustus
Bronze, Alabaster. 1692 - 1710
Monnot, Pierre (Attributed To)

Around 1700, Livio Odescalchi commissioned a statue of Augustus (63 B.C.-4 A.D.) to be paired with another of Tiberio (E00112) acquired with the collection of Christine of Sweden. Its style is more cl [+]

Philip II's Tabletop
Africano marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor
Philip II's Tabletop
Africano marble, White marble, Agate, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. Before 1587
Roman Sculptor

This tabletop was sent from Rome by Cardinal Alessandrino, nephew of Pope Pius V, to Philip II of Spain in 1587. Of unusual proportions, it is designed to create the impression that the inlay is made [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo
Lion
Gilt-bronze. 1651
Bonuccelli, Matteo

The table O00542 is supported by four bronze lions O00453, O02938, O02939, and O02940 that Velazquez commissioned from Matteo Bonuccelli during the painter´s second trip to Rome (1649-1651). The [+]

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