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Joseph and the Wife of Putiphar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Joseph and the Wife of Putiphar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

Joseph is a handsome and virtuous slave falsely accused of rape by his master´s wife, whose advances he has rejected. He is imprisoned, but eventually raised to the highest office by Pharaoh (Exodus: [+]

Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This painting depicts the moment after Hercules has killed King Geryon, identified by the crown on his head. The monarch had come to defend his herd of oxen and cows after the god Eurystheus had order [+]

The High Priest Aaron
Oil on panel. 1545 - 1550
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
The High Priest Aaron
Oil on panel. 1545 - 1550
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

Taken together, these three works clearly convey a Eucharistic meaning. They depict Christ holding up the chalice and the Host (P00844), flanked by two Old Testament figures: King Melchizedek, bearing [+]

The Death of the Virgin (centre); The Birth of the Virgin (left); The Presentation of the Virgin (right)
Grisaille, Oil on panel. Before 1550
Coxcie, Michiel
The Death of the Virgin (centre); The Birth of the Virgin (left); The Presentation of the Virgin (right)
Grisaille, Oil on panel. Before 1550
Coxcie, Michiel

This triptych was executed for the church of Saint Gudule in Brussels. According to Carel van Mander (1604) it was subsequently sold "for a very high price to Spain". Philip II sent it to El Escorial [+]

Salome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Salome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Salome, an Edomite princess born of Herodias and the wife of Herod Philip I, carries the severed head of Saint John the Baptist on a tray, illustrating a Bible passage from Matthew (14:1–11) and Mark [+]

The Birth of the Virgin. The Annunciation. The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on panel. Before 1550
Coxcie, Michiel
The Birth of the Virgin. The Annunciation. The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on panel. Before 1550
Coxcie, Michiel

This triptych was made for the cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudule in Brussels and later sold "to Spain for a very high price" according to Carel van Mander (1604). Philip II donated it to El Escor [+]

Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)
Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)

Juan Francisco Alfonso de Pimentel Ponce de León, 10th Count and 7th Duke of Benavente (1584-1652), is portrayed more than half length with a whole host of attributes that confirm is supreme mi [+]

The Burial of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1572
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Burial of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1572
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian represented the Gospel account of the burial of Christ (Matthew 27: 57-61; Mark 15: 44-47; Luke 23: 50-54; John 19: 38-42) on several occasions. There is a notable difference between his first [+]

The Surgeon, or The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van
The Surgeon, or The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on panel. 1550 - 1555
Hemessen, Jan Sanders Van

A surgeon extracts a stone from a patient´s head. The scene takes place in an urban setting, probably a market. An aged helper holds the patient´s head, along with a youth, who prepares the unguents. [+]

Lazarus and Dives
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Leandro
Lazarus and Dives
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Leandro

The parable of Lazarus (Luke 16: 19-31) has been interpreted in many ways: an apology of charitable works; a comparison between salvation and perdition, and between gentiles (Lazarus) and Jews (Epulon [+]

The Descent from the Cross
Oil on panel. Ca. 1545
Correa de Vivar, Juan
The Descent from the Cross
Oil on panel. Ca. 1545
Correa de Vivar, Juan

This New Testament scene depicts the Descent from the Cross of Christ´s body (Matthew 28, 57-61; Mark 15, 42-47; Luke 23, 50-55; John 19, 38-42). Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and Saint John the Evan [+]

The Virgin nursing the Child
Oil on panel. 1525 - 1550
Reymerswale, Marinus Van
The Virgin nursing the Child
Oil on panel. 1525 - 1550
Reymerswale, Marinus Van

Avoiding the traditional emotional distance used to depict this subject, Van Reymerswaele rather presents it as a moving genre scene. Figures and objects are reduced to a minimum. However the Christ C [+]

The Descent from the Cross
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1550
Allori, Alessandro
The Descent from the Cross
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1550
Allori, Alessandro

Christ´s dead body is taken off the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and Saint John the Evangelist. Among the people at his feet are the Virgin Mary, the mother of Joseph —also called Mary— as [+]

Landscape with Shepherds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1560
Dalem, Cornelis Van
Landscape with Shepherds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1560
Dalem, Cornelis Van

This view reflects the new approach to mountain landscapes introduced by Pieter Bruegel the Elder in the 1550s. In comparison to Patinir’s fragmented vision, it presents the landscape as a completed w [+]

The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1570
Morales, Luis de
The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Oil on panel. Ca. 1570
Morales, Luis de

Morales here presents us with one of his most successful and heartwarming subjects, that of the Virgin and Child, although he also includes in this case the figure of the infant St John the Baptist, w [+]

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 [+]

Moses saved from the waters
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Moses saved from the waters
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

This is one of seven canvases (P00386, P00388, P00389, P00393, P00394, P00395, P00396) in a group linked by the same color scheme, a general accentuation of surface drawing and a rhythm of curved form [+]

The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on panel. 1565 - 1570
Morales, Luis de
The Adoration of the Magi
Oil on panel. 1565 - 1570
Morales, Luis de

It is extremely likely that these two panels, -The Adoration of the Magi and The Adoration of the Shepherds-, similar in format, measurements and style, belonged to the predella of the same altarpiece [+]

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