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Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554, Museo del Prado, P422), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus with an Organist and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In contrast to the paintings created for the Camerino d´Alabastro and the poesie made for Philip II, the canvases on the subject of Venus do not form a homogenous group as they were not painted for on [+]

The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This painting is the result of two acts carried out in different periods. First, Velázquez painted the surface occupied by the figures and the tapestry in the background. Later, in the 18th cen [+]

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 Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian´s first contribution to the Camerino d´Alabastro was prompted by the death in October 1517 of Fra Bartolommeo from whom Alfonso d´Este had commissioned a Worship of Venus one year previously an [+]

Meleager and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1620 - 1623
Jordaens, Jacques
Meleager and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1620 - 1623
Jordaens, Jacques

This mythological scene is drawn from the Metamorphoses of Roman poet Publio Ovidio Nason, one of the texts on ancient mythology that had the greatest intellectual impact on 17th-century Flemish artis [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)

Like its pair, Cephalus and Procris (Strasbourg Museum, inv. 634, oil on canvas, 162 x 185 cm), this canvas illustrates a passage from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. Both stories involve lo [+]

The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Jupiter was so taken with Ganymede´s beauty that he transformed into an eagle to carry him off to Mount Olympus, where he became his cup-bearer. Rubens drew this story from the classical poet, Ovid´s [+]

The Hunt of Meleager
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Poussin, Nicolas
The Hunt of Meleager
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Poussin, Nicolas

Until very recently there was total confusion as to the origin of this painting and the circumstances surrounding its entry into the Royal Collection. Its original owner was formerly thought to have b [+]

Cupid
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Copy)
Cupid
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Copy)

As he is painted here, Eros is mischievous. Praxiteles, as far as we know, first represented him in a sculpture, around 370-60 BCE; he showed him nude in his sleep, and another time standing, with a b [+]

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 [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all the prestige of the co [+]

The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Having delivered the Bacchus and Ariadne in 1523 Titian then painted The Andrians, also inspired by Philostratus (Imagines I, 25). The scene is set on the island of Andros, a place so favoured by Bacc [+]

Dance of Mythological Figures and Villagers
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
Dance of Mythological Figures and Villagers
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

A group of figures dance to the tune of a flute played by a man perched on an oak tree, and to the bells that some dancers have attached to their lower legs. The scene evokes the dances that are part [+]

Venus of the dolphin
White carrara marble. 140 - 150
Roman Sculptor
Venus of the dolphin
White carrara marble. 140 - 150
Roman Sculptor

A Roman copy of a Hellenistic original dating from around 280-250 B.C. In the fourth century B.C., Praxiteles created the first image of a nude Aphrodite emerging from the waves. This Aphrodite of Cni [+]

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