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Pantry
Oil on canvas. Before 1636
Snyders, Frans
Pantry
Oil on canvas. Before 1636
Snyders, Frans

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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 [+]

Bacchus and Ariadne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
Bacchus and Ariadne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

La historia de Ariadna y el dios tiene dos momentos fundamentales: uno es el encuentro entre ellos en la isla de Naxos después de que ésta fuera abandonada allí por Teseo, tema que representó Tiziano [+]

Saint Augustine meditating on the Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1636
Guercino
Saint Augustine meditating on the Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1636
Guercino

According to this saint's story, he was walking along the seaside meditating about the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he saw a boy filling a hole in the sand with seawater. Saint Augustine asked wha [+]

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 [+]

Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
Oil on oak panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Pieter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs Hunting
Oil on oak panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Pieter Paul

Recognizable by the crescent-moon-shaped diadem on her head, Diana hunts deer with spears and dogs, accompanied by various nymphs. The extremely horizontal composition is one of the peculiarities of t [+]

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 [+]

The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

El carro triunfal de Baco con todo su cortejo en relación con la hostilidad del rey Penteo aparece en libro III de las Metamorfosis de Ovidio (528 seq.): "(...) Ha llegado Líber; los campos resuenan c [+]

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 [+]

Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1635
Fernández "el Labrador", Juan
Vase of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1635
Fernández "el Labrador", Juan

This small and simple floral composition was attributed to Francisco de Zurbarán before it was reassigned to El Labrador. The artist has depicted the flowers (pinks, lilies and a rose) as stron [+]

The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1636
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. 1636
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de

Among the painters working in Madrid, Pereda possessed one of the most distinctive styles, which derived from his study of Flemish and Venetian painting and is evident in works that combine chromatic [+]

Jason and the Golden Fleece
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

En este caso, como en otros de la Torre de la Parada, Rubens no ha seguido las Metamorfosis de Ovidio sino las Fábulas de Higinio (Capítulo III): "(...) Frixo llegó a la Cólquide. Allí, según órdenes [+]

Cupid on a dolphin
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
Cupid on a dolphin
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Esta representación del dios del amor niño no se corresponde con ninguna historia concreta, más allá de la propia representación del mismo. Hijo de Venus, a la que causa bastantes problemas con sus fl [+]

Carnival in Rome
Oil on canvas. 1653
Miel, Jan
Carnival in Rome
Oil on canvas. 1653
Miel, Jan

Acquired by Philip V for the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Idelfonso, where it appeared in a 1727 inventory, Carnival in Rome, 1653, is one of the best known paintings by Flemish artist Jan Miel. I [+]

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

In the autumn of 1636, Peter Paul Rubens was commissioned by agents of Philip IV to produce his largest series of painted canvases to decorate the recently completed hunting lodge at El Pardo, near Ma [+]

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

According to Ovid (Metamorphosis, book V), in order to avoid her husband Jupiter´s infidelities, the goddess, Juno, converted the nymph, Io, into a lamb and called on Argos, the shepherd, to look afte [+]

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