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Landscape with Psyche and Jupiter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1610
Rubens, Peter Paul; Bril, Paul
Landscape with Psyche and Jupiter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1610
Rubens, Peter Paul; Bril, Paul

On a number of occasions, Peter Paul Rubens partially overpainted finished pictures. He did this to paintings by his own hand, such as Nymphs and Satyrs (P1666), which he retouched and enlarged twenty [+]

The Allocution of Marquis del Vasto to his Troops
Oil on canvas. 1540 - 1541
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Allocution of Marquis del Vasto to his Troops
Oil on canvas. 1540 - 1541
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Alfonso d´Avalos, first Marchese del Vasto, was born in Ischia on 25 May 1502 to a noble Neapolitan family of Castilian origins. He fought in Pavia (1525) under the orders of his uncle Fernando d´Aval [+]

The Holy Family, Saint Ildephonsus, Saint John the Evangelist and Master Alonso de Villegas
Oil on canvas. 1589
Prado, Blas de
The Holy Family, Saint Ildephonsus, Saint John the Evangelist and Master Alonso de Villegas
Oil on canvas. 1589
Prado, Blas de

A high surface acts as a sort of altar bearing an image of the Virgin and Child with Saint Joseph behind them. Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Ildephonsus stand at a lower level in front, flanking [+]

Queen Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1605
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Queen Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1605
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

Philip II’s marriage to Elizabeth of Valois served to consolidate the desired peace between France and Spain, which was sealed in 1599 when both countries signed the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis. [+]

Philip II on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Philip II on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

A posthumous portrait of Felipe II wearing full body armor, a cape and a hat and riding a horse. Victory crowns him with laurels. The background alludes to a battle, probably that of San Quentí [+]

The Death of the Virgin
Oil on panel. 1546 - 1550
Correa de Vivar, Juan
The Death of the Virgin
Oil on panel. 1546 - 1550
Correa de Vivar, Juan

Surrounded by the apostles, Mary lies on her deathbed. Dressed as a priest, Saint Peter gives her a lit candle, while Saint John and another apostle read the Holy Scriptures beside her. The scene of t [+]

John Frederick I of Saxony
Oil on canvas. 1548
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
John Frederick I of Saxony
Oil on canvas. 1548
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

John Frederick I of Saxony (Torgau, 30 June 1503–Jena, 3 March 1554), Duke of Saxony-Wittenberg from 1532, was the principal defender of Luther, a fact that brought him into conflict with Charles V. I [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In his Metamorphoses Ovid recounts the torments of the Giant Tityus, whose punishment for having attempted to rape the goddess Leto was to have two vultures devouring his continually regenerating live [+]

Elisabeth of Valois holding a Portrait of Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1561 - 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba
Elisabeth of Valois holding a Portrait of Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1561 - 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba

Isabel de Valois (1546–1568) married Philip II on 27 June 1559 in a ceremony by proxy held in Paris. Isabel was daughter of the French monarchs Henri II and Catherine de’ Medici. Her arrival at the Sp [+]

Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba
Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba

Sofonisba Anguissola arrived in Spain in 1559 to serve as a lady-in-waiting to Philip II’s third wife, Elizabeth of Valois (1546-1568). A renowned painter in her native Cremona, she held no official p [+]

The Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1565
Morales, Luis de
The Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1565
Morales, Luis de

This is one of Morales’s most characteristic and best-known paintings, both because of its technical quality, its domestic format and its apparently tender and heartwarming subject, and also because i [+]

Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1562
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1562
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian painted his first self-portrait before leaving for Rome in 1545. However, it was after his Roman stay that he showed the most interest in disseminating his image in order to fully establish his [+]

Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The literary source for the Furies is Ovid´s Metamorphoses (IV, 447-464) and Virgil´s Aeneid (VI, 457-8), which recounts the eternal sufferings in Hades of Tityus, whose liver was devoured by a vultur [+]

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 [+]

Ecce Homo
Oil on slate. 1547
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Ecce Homo
Oil on slate. 1547
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Although we do not know when Titian first treated this subject, it was probably in 1535, when he painted a Christ for Federico Gonzaga following a model provided by the duke. The earliest surviving Ec [+]

The Holy Family, or 'The Pearl'
Oil on panel. Ca. 1518
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)
The Holy Family, or 'The Pearl'
Oil on panel. Ca. 1518
Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)

Philip IV called this painting The Pearl, as it was his favorite among all those in his collection. The composition was designed by Raphael but part of the execution was delegated to his pupil Giulio [+]

Saint Jerome in Penitence
Oil on canvas. 1546
Lotto, Lorenzo
Saint Jerome in Penitence
Oil on canvas. 1546
Lotto, Lorenzo

Lorenzo Lotto`s various depictions of the penitent Saint Jerome span early versions influenced by Albrecht Dürer and Giovanni Bellini (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1506) and by young Raphael (M [+]

Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico
Lady revealing her Breast
Oil on canvas. 1580 - 1590
Tintoretto, Domenico

This depiction of an honest courtesan, presents an iconography of increasing interest to art historians in recent decades. With her curly blond hair, bare forehead and pearl necklace, as well as the b [+]

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