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The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de
The Consecration of Saint Ambrose as Archbishop
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de

The political abilities and peace-making attitude demonstrated by Ambrose (4th century) as governor of Liguria and Emilia led him to also be proclaimed archbishop of Milan, against his will and despit [+]

Joseph and His Brothers
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph and His Brothers
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

Joseph appears on the right, on horseback. On the left his brothers conspire to throw him into the well (Genesis, XXXVII, 17-21). This belongs to a series of six paintings on the story of Jacob’s favo [+]

The Prodigal Son squandering his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son squandering his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Esta obra, junto con El hijo pródigo recoge su legítima (P997), La despedida del hijo pródigo (P998) y El hijo pródigo abandonado (P1000), son los cuatro únicos bocetos conocidos de una serie integrad [+]

Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de

The Emperor Theodosius (4th century AD) prostrates himself before the Bishop of Milan, who absolves him in front of the cathedral and thus allows him to enter. The buildings are vaguely inspired by th [+]

The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son taking leave of his Home
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Esta obra, junto con El hijo pródigo recoge su legítima (P997), La disipación del hijo pródigo (P999) y El hijo pródigo abandonado (P1000), son los cuatro únicos bocetos conocidos de una serie integra [+]

The Prodigal Son receiving his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son receiving his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

These are the four surviving preparatory sketches for a series of six canvases now in the National Gallery in Dublin, based on the parable of the Prodigal son (Lc 15). They are partly based on prints [+]

Joseph’s Triumph in Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph’s Triumph in Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

Sumptuously dressed, Joseph rides in a carriage pulled by two palace servants as the Egyptians pay homage to him. In the background, a landscape with buildings includes one that is round. This belongs [+]

Joseph’s Chastity
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph’s Chastity
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

Joseph is shown fleeing Putifar’s wife. In the background, he is in prison, explaining his dreams to the Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker (Genesis XXXVII, 11 and 12). This belongs to a series of six pai [+]

Joseph sold by his Brothers
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph sold by his Brothers
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

After throwing him down a well, Joseph’s brothers then pulled him out when they saw the chance of selling him to some Ishmaelite merchants, shown with their camels on the right of the scene. The paint [+]

Saint Ambrose denies Theodosius entry to his Church
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose denies Theodosius entry to his Church
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de

In the year 390 the Emperor Theodosius violently repressed the population of Thessaloniki, after which he returned to Milan where he was excommunicated by Saint Ambrose, who denied him entry to his ch [+]

Joseph Explains the Pharaoh’s Dreams
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph Explains the Pharaoh’s Dreams
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

In the background, the child prophesies the fat and starving cattle that represent the years of abundance and famine that would come to pass (Genesis, XLI, 14 ff.). This belongs to a series of six pai [+]

Rebecca and Eliezer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Rebecca and Eliezer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In his search for a wife for his master, Isaac, Eliezer encountered Rebecca, who offered him water from her pitcher by the well. The biblical account offered Murillo the perfect pretext for depicting [+]

The Prodigal Son among the Pigs
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son among the Pigs
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Esta obra, junto con El hijo pródigo recoge su legítima (P997), La despedida del hijo pródigo (P998) y La disipación del hijo pródigo (P999), son los cuatro únicos bocetos conocidos de una serie integ [+]

Joseph ordering Simeon’s Imprisonment
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Joseph ordering Simeon’s Imprisonment
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

Joseph, seated on the left, passes judgment on his brothers, who had betrayed him and whom he pretends not to understand, hence the presence of the translator next to him. He orders the imprisonment o [+]

Saint Ambrose appointed Governor of Liguria and Emilia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose appointed Governor of Liguria and Emilia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de

In 370 the Consul Probus appointed Saint Ambrose governor of the provinces of Liguria and Emilia in northern Italy. Valdés Leal depicts this secular episode in an interior with classical archit [+]

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