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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 [+]

Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido
Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido

Cleopatra VII (r. 51-30 BCE) was the sovereign of Egypt and the last representative of its final royal family, the Ptolemaic dynasty. Feeling that all was lost after her armies and those of her Roman [+]

Saint Peter weeping
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1640
Domenichino (?)
Saint Peter weeping
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1640
Domenichino (?)

Esta obra procede de la colección de Felipe V en el palacio de La Granja (Segovia), donde aparece inventariada como de escuela de Domenichino. Es probable que la versión original de esta composición s [+]

Saint Francis Xavier in a Garland
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1651
Seghers, Daniel
Saint Francis Xavier in a Garland
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1651
Seghers, Daniel

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Endymion Porter and Anthony van Dyck
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Van Dyck, Anthony
Endymion Porter and Anthony van Dyck
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Van Dyck, Anthony

A protector and friend of Van Dyck, Endymion Porter (1587-1649) was secretary to the Duke of Buckingham and an important diplomat in the English Court. A great lover of the arts, he was in charge of a [+]

View of the Gardens at the Villa Medici, Rome, with the statue of Ariadne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
View of the Gardens at the Villa Medici, Rome, with the statue of Ariadne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In late 1629, the thirty-year-old Velázquez went to Italy for the first time, remaining there for more than a year. During this trip he executed various history paintings, some portraits and at [+]

The raising of Lazarus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Novelli, Pietro
The raising of Lazarus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Novelli, Pietro

This painting has recently been identified as a work by Pietro Novelli, known as Il Monrealese on account of his having been born in Monreale, Sicily. It was considered until 1933 to be the work of Ne [+]

Felipe IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Felipe IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Of the equestrian portraits painted for the Hall of Realms, this is the only one with a declaration of authorship. The lower left corner has been a customary place throughout the history of painting f [+]

Landscape with Travellers and a Shepherd
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Swanevelt, Herman Van
Landscape with Travellers and a Shepherd
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Swanevelt, Herman Van

This painting is identified in the early catalogues of the Museum`s holdings with the landscape listed in the 1766 inventory of the collection of Isabella Farnese in the palace of La Granja, which, in [+]

Pablo de Valladolid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Pablo de Valladolid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

There were two categories of royal jesters: those whose attractiveness was based on their physical or mental limitations, and those who, lacking any such handicap, entertained with their personality o [+]

View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A masterpiece in the history of Western landscape painting, in which Velázquez set out his idea of landscape without any narrative excuse to justify it, this Roman scene and its companion work [+]

Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Along with Philip IV and Velázquez, the third name intimately associated with the Buen Retiro Palace is Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587-1645). When Philip IV took the thro [+]

Atalanta and Meleager Hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Atalanta and Meleager Hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Pieter Paul

As Ovid tells in his Metamorphosis (book VIII, 260-444), the goddess Diana sent a giant wild boar to ravage the kingdom of Calydon. The king´s son, Meleager, and his beloved Atalanta organize a hunt w [+]

The Buffoon Calabacillas
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon Calabacillas
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

One of the most unique and distinctive areas within Velázquez`s oeuvre is that of his portraits of buffoons, dwarves and individuals collectively known as hombres de placer (men of pleasure). T [+]

Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, José de
Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, José de

The thin naked torso, the cloth made from rushes, the skull and the book suggest that the figure in the painting is a hermit; the bread crust in the foreground tells us that it is Saint Paul, the firs [+]

The Concert
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello
The Concert
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello

Falcone painted the figures in this painting; the Neapolitan specialist Luca Forte probably painted the vase of flowers on the left. It looks like a portrait gallery of real people, one of whom -the b [+]

Roman Athletes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello
Roman Athletes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe
The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe

The capitulation of the Rhenish city of Jülich was one of the most outstanding events at the beginning of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Occupied by Maurice of Nassau’s French troops since 161 [+]

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