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The Apotheosis of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Borkens, Jean Baptiste
The Apotheosis of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Borkens, Jean Baptiste

Hércules aparece en obras de autores como Homero, Hesidodo y Peisandros de Rodas, supuesto escritor de sus doce trabajos. También Ovidio habla de él de manera breve en las Metamorfosis, concretamente [+]

Orpheus and Eurydice
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (And Workshop)
Orpheus and Eurydice
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (And Workshop)

Orpheus descends into the Underworld to recover his wife, Eurydice, who died after being bitten by a serpent. Pluto and Proserpina, the god and goddess of the underworld, are so moved by the music of [+]

Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-470 B.C.), wears a black tunic and leans on a stone, weeping. He embodies the idea of a tragic sense of life, thinking about the future form a lonely [+]

Lady and Girl
Oil on panel . 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van
Lady and Girl
Oil on panel . 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van

These four portraits of women, two double ones and two single ones (P02073, P02074 and P02076) presented standing and down to kneelevel, use the same architectural setting. The series is given visual [+]

Leatherback Sea Turtle
Oil on canvas. 1597
Tapia, Pedro Juan
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Oil on canvas. 1597
Tapia, Pedro Juan

Found on the beach at Denia (Valencia) on 28 August 1597, this leatherback sea turtle was depicted in a painting in order to record its unexplected appearance on the Mediterranean coast. The painting [+]

The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Pieter Paul -Painter- (And Workshop)
The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Pieter Paul -Painter- (And Workshop)

Proserpine, daughter of the earth goddess Ceres, was kidnapped by Pluto, the god of the underworld. Despite the resistance put up by Minerva, Venus and Diana, their relationship would blossom into lov [+]

Apolo vencedor de Pan
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob
Apolo vencedor de Pan
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob

Narra Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis Libro XI (146-169): "Pan (...) osó menospreciar la música de Apolo comparándola con la suya, compareció ante el Tmolo como juez para un duelo desigual. El anciano juez [+]

Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans
Ceres and Pan
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of); Snyders, Frans

As goddess of the Earth and agriculture, Ceres is depicted wearing a bundle of wheat spikes on her head. Beside her, Pan, the god of shepherds and herds, has a crown of oak leaves. Ceres symbolizes cu [+]

Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (And Workshop)
Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (And Workshop)

In classical mythology, Silenus was the guardian of forests. He was supposed to raise Bacchus when the latter was a child. Rubens depicts him in the customary manner: with goat ears and a scraggly bea [+]

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)

Democritus of Abdera (460-370 B.C.) is the pictorial pendant of Heraclitus (P01680) as well as his philosophical counterpoint. Wearing bright colors, he laughs sarcastically while contemplating a glob [+]

El descubrimiento de la púrpura
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van
El descubrimiento de la púrpura
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van

Hércules aparece en obras de autores como Homero, Hesidodo y Peisandros de Rodas, supuesto escritor de sus doce trabajos. En este caso el relato está sacado del Onomasticon de J. Pollux. En el se cuen [+]

Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)
Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (Workshop Of)

Mercury, the son of Jupiter and Maya, bears his characteristic attributes as the gods´ messenger: a winged hat and shoes, as well as the caduceus, a hazel wand with two serpents wound around it, which [+]

Dama y niña
Oil on panel . 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van
Dama y niña
Oil on panel . 1567
Cronenburch, Adriaen Van

These four portraits of women, two double ones and two single ones (P02073, P02075 and P02076) presented standing and down to kneelevel, use the same architectural setting. The series is given visual [+]

The Israelites drinking the miraculous Water
Oil on canvas. 1566 - 1568
Bassano, Jacopo
The Israelites drinking the miraculous Water
Oil on canvas. 1566 - 1568
Bassano, Jacopo

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Jacopo Bassano and his sons were renowned throughout Europe, but most of all in Spain, after Philip II began acquiring their works in the 1570s. Jacopo [+]

Jupiter and Lycaon
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan
Jupiter and Lycaon
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan

Licaón, un horrible gobernador de la Arcadia que sembraba el terror en su región, quiso comprobar la divinidad de Júpiter dándole de comer carne humana. Ovidio narra esta historia en el libro I de las [+]

Perejon, the Buffoon of the Count of Benavente and of the Grand Duke of Alba
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Moro, Antonio
Perejon, the Buffoon of the Count of Benavente and of the Grand Duke of Alba
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Moro, Antonio

The doubts that existed regarding the dating of this work were increased when the sitter was identified. He is documented from 1544 in the accounts of Prince Philip (later Philip II) as Pero Hern&aacu [+]

The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Martyrdom of Saint James
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The apostle Saint James is shown kneeling with his hands together in prayer, offering his neck up to the sword of the executioner whoprepares to decapitate him. Standing before the apostle, wearing a [+]

Head of a Deer
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Head of a Deer
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

While there is no documentation indicating this work was made for the Torre de la Parada, its subject suggests a relation to paintings intended for that hunting lodge. Unlike other painters, Vel&aacut [+]

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