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Plate with Plums and Morello Cherries
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1631
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Plate with Plums and Morello Cherries
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1631
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

Juan van der Hamen y León´s output alternates between compositionally complex still lifes and works that are smaller in size and constructed more simply, such as this canvas. It depicts a pewte [+]

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 [+]

Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1579
Carvajal, Luis de
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1579
Carvajal, Luis de

Luis de Carvajal was a Toledan painter who trained in Rome and subsequently at El Escorial, a flourishing centre for Spanish painting in the first half of the seventeenth century. The manner in which [+]

Catherine of Austria, Wife of King John III of Portugal
Oil on panel. 1552 - 1553
Mor, Anthonis
Catherine of Austria, Wife of King John III of Portugal
Oil on panel. 1552 - 1553
Mor, Anthonis

Born in 1507 after the death of her father, Felipe el Hermoso, the younger sister of Carlos V married Juan III of Portugal in 1525 and died in 1578. Gifted with an energetic character, she took on the [+]

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 [+]

The Virgin of Louvain
Oil on panel. Ca. 1520
Orley, Bernard Van
The Virgin of Louvain
Oil on panel. Ca. 1520
Orley, Bernard Van

According to the Latin inscription on the back of this panel, which attributes it to Jan Gossaert, it was acquired by the magistrate of Louvain in 1588 from that city’s Augustinian monks. It was inten [+]

Queen Anne of Austria, fourth Wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
González, Bartolomé
Queen Anne of Austria, fourth Wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
González, Bartolomé

A court portrait of Queen Anne (1549-1580), the daughter of Emperor Maximilian II (1527-1576) and Maria of Austria (1528-1603), married her uncle Philip II in 1570; their son later became Philip III ( [+]

The Buffoon Juan de Austria
Oil on canvas. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon Juan de Austria
Oil on canvas. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The sitter`s elaborate dress, the baton of command he holds in his right hand and the sword on which his left hand rest all indicate that he is a military figure. The military context in further sugge [+]

Saint Francis supported by an Angel
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1607
Gentileschi, Orazio
Saint Francis supported by an Angel
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1607
Gentileschi, Orazio

The subject of the angelic consolation of Saint Francis became popular in the second half of the sixteenth century as a result of the Catholic Church´s renewed appreciation of his mystical experiences [+]

The ascension of Saint Gennaro
Oil on canvas. 1635
Vaccaro, Andrea
The ascension of Saint Gennaro
Oil on canvas. 1635
Vaccaro, Andrea

Bishop Gennaro (or Januarius) is the patron saint of Naples, and thus the subject of numerous works from that city’s rich school of painting. According to tradition, he was bishop of Benevento during [+]

Julián Romero and his Patron Saint
Oil on canvas. 1612 - 1618
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Follower Of)
Julián Romero and his Patron Saint
Oil on canvas. 1612 - 1618
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Follower Of)

Dressed in the habit of a Knight of Saint James, the subject of this portrait kneels in prayer. An armored knight standing at his side and looking to the heavens may well be Saint Louis, King of Franc [+]

Portrait of a Lady
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pulzone, Scipione
Portrait of a Lady
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pulzone, Scipione

The overall composition conforms to the type of portrait prevailing in Europe in the second half of the 16th century. The arrangement of the figure, slightly turned to the left in order to avoid a rig [+]

Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1602
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1602
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A slightly more than half-length image of Jesus wearing a red tunic and blue robes. Holding the cross with both hands, he rests it on his left shoulder. His head is slightly raised and his watery eyes [+]

Philip III
Oil on canvas. 1606
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Philip III
Oil on canvas. 1606
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

The king is portrayed in armour, beside a tent; the image is not particularly representative of the sitter, whose tastes tended more towards regal pomp and religious piety. The composition follows ear [+]

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Sacchi, Andrea
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Sacchi, Andrea

The Infant Baptist is attended by four women while Zacharias thanks the heavens for the birth of his son. In the middle ground is Saint Elizabeth. The intense colours allow the painting to be dated to [+]

The Painter Francesco Albani
Oil on canvas. 1635
Sacchi, Andrea
The Painter Francesco Albani
Oil on canvas. 1635
Sacchi, Andrea

Between 1635 and 1636 Sacchi left Bologna in order to study the work of Correggio (c. 1489-1534) and the Venetian painters. Before leaving he painted a portrait of his teacher, Albani (1578-1660), age [+]

Joanna of Austria, sister of King Philip II of Spain, Princess of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan
Joanna of Austria, sister of King Philip II of Spain, Princess of Portugal
Oil on canvas. Early Finales del siglo XVI - XVII century
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan

Joanna, the daughter of Charles V and Isabella of Portugal was born in 1535, and later married her cousin Joao Manuel, prince of Brazil. On the death of her husband in 1554, and having soon after give [+]

The Conversion of Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1595
Young Palma (Jacopo Negretti)
The Conversion of Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1595
Young Palma (Jacopo Negretti)

Saul (Saint Paul) has fallen to the ground beside his horse. He is surrounded by his companions, who flee in fear at the apparition of Christ, represented by the brilliant light in the background. The [+]

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