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Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans
Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans

This opulent still-life scene typical of the Baroque Flemish school includes a human figure and two animals, as was common in the period, in accordance with the tastes of the clients, whose wealth and [+]

Aerial View of the Siege of Breda
Oil on canvas. First half of the XVII century
Snayers, Peter
Aerial View of the Siege of Breda
Oil on canvas. First half of the XVII century
Snayers, Peter

The plaza occupies the center of the image, surrounded by the fortifications and the camp. Amprosio Spínola appears in a carriage alongside a group of riders and footmen in the right foreground [+]

Still Life with Cardoon, Francolin, Grapes and Irises
Oil on canvas. 1628
Ramírez, Felipe
Still Life with Cardoon, Francolin, Grapes and Irises
Oil on canvas. 1628
Ramírez, Felipe

Because this work is signed and dated, it reveals the existence of a painter by the name of Felipe Ramírez, although art historians know virtually nothing else about him. This lovely example of [+]

Maria Anna of Spain, Queen of Hungary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Maria Anna of Spain, Queen of Hungary
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Philip IV´s sister, Maria, was born in El Escorial in 1606. As a result of her royal lineage, she was destined to become yet another pawn in the play of matrimonial alliances that the European courts [+]

The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Saint Peter Nolasco, founded the order of Our Lady of Mercy, also known as the Mercederians, whose main objective was to rescue Christians held captive by the Muslims. The convent of la Merced Calzada [+]

Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This is an extraordinary example of the eventful life of many royal portraits during the Siglo de Oro, and it shows just how much those paintings, rather than immutable artworks, were objects with a r [+]

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 [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1656
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1656
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Today, Juan Carreño, who was appointed Chamber Painter to the King in 1671, is best remembered for his portraits from the court of Charles II, but, in fact, most of his paintings are devotional [+]

Petronella de Waert
Oil on canvas. 1670
Borch II, Gerard Ter
Petronella de Waert
Oil on canvas. 1670
Borch II, Gerard Ter

This painting formed part of the collection of the Marquis of Castro-Serna (Madrid) where, according to Michel (1887) -who repeats information given by Alfonso de Stuers- it appeared in 1887 as a pend [+]

The crucified Christ appears to Saint Teresa
Oil on canvas. 1629
Cano, Alonso
The crucified Christ appears to Saint Teresa
Oil on canvas. 1629
Cano, Alonso

This scene is based on Las moradas [The mansions] (1588), the text by the Saint in which she describes her “spiritual marriage” to Christ. Like its pair (P-8152), this canvas was part of the altarpiec [+]

Bacchic Scene
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Poussin, Nicolas
Bacchic Scene
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Poussin, Nicolas

In a lush, wooded landscape on the banks of a quiet river, a nude woman, sitting on a richly colored red cloak, gestures to two male figures posed beside her. Supporting a glazed jug in her lap, she p [+]

Saint Matthew and Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Ribalta, Juan
Saint Matthew and Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Ribalta, Juan

In this painting, two men wearing tunics kneel next to a rocky crag, past which, in the distance, a stormy landscape opens up. The elder of the two men bends over a sheaf of papers on which he writes, [+]

Unknown Lady
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1628
Dyck, Anthony Van
Unknown Lady
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1628
Dyck, Anthony Van

Wearing black, with a broad, Spanish-style ruff collar and a three-strand necklace that she grasps in her right hand, this lady is presented to the viewer as serene and haughty. The influence of Antho [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Rubens, Peter Paul (Copy After Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))
The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Rubens, Peter Paul (Copy After Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))

Rape of Europa is a faithful copy made by Peter Paul Rubens in Madrid after an original by Titian. It shows the Phoenician princess Europa after she was abducted by Zeus, who had taken on the form of [+]

Saint Bruno Bids Farewell to Saint Hugo
Oil on canvas. 1628
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bruno Bids Farewell to Saint Hugo
Oil on canvas. 1628
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

The Holy Family with Saint Anne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Holy Family with Saint Anne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Peter Paul

Peter Paul Rubens, the Flemish Baroque artist, was also a humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat. In 1628, Rubens went to Madrid to meet with Philip IV, King of Spain (1621-1665), as part of hi [+]

Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1623
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1623
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

We see King Philip IV of Spain (r. 1621-1665) when he was around twenty years old in an austere image filled with references to his status and responsibilities and to the reformist intentions with whi [+]

Portrait of a Man
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1632
Dyck, Anthony Van
Portrait of a Man
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1632
Dyck, Anthony Van

This more than half-length portrait of a man with a slit suit, a cape on his shoulder and a lace collar presents him in proud fashion, ostensibly with the sword that defines him as a nobleman. He was [+]

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