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The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Gentileschi, Artemisa
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Gentileschi, Artemisa

This canvas is one of a series of scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist commissioned in Naples from Artemisa Gentileschi, Massimo Stanzione and Paolo Finoglia. They were painted for the chape [+]

The Birth of John the Baptist announced to Zacharias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Stanzione, Massimo
The Birth of John the Baptist announced to Zacharias
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Stanzione, Massimo

An angel announces to the elderly Zacharias the birth of his son, John the Baptist. The painting is one of a group of six canvases on the life of that saint, four of them by Stanzione, one by Artemisi [+]

Praying Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Lemaire, Jean
Praying Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Lemaire, Jean

This is the largest of the paintings that Lemaire, a French artist working in Rome, produced for the decoration of the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. The architectural ruins and sculptural fragments ar [+]

Funeral Rites for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano
Funeral Rites for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano

Giovanni Lanfranco painted at least six works that can be related to the commission to decorate the Buen Retiro Palace. The first five are at the Museo del Prado -Auspices in Rome (P236); Scene of Tri [+]

Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Humanity´s rebirth after the flood is represented in Greek mythology through the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha. After surviving the disaster, they threw stones over their shoulders, each of which beca [+]

A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The first known reference to this work dates from 1746, when an inventory of paintings at the La Granja Palace was drawn up. There, it is attributed to Velázquez and identified as a likeness of [+]

The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1637
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1637
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de

Pointing with its left hand to God the Father, the Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her that she will conceive a child. The Dove of the Holy Spirit descends in a ray of light above the Virgin [+]

Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Oil on canvas. 1637
Claesz., Pieter
Still Life with Römer, Silver Tazza and Bread Roll
Oil on canvas. 1637
Claesz., Pieter

This still life forms part of the group of paintings Vroom dubbed monochrome banketjes or monochrome still lifes which were started in 1629 by Willem Claesz. Heda, but which Pieter Claesz. cultivated [+]

Village Kitchen
Oil on panel. Ca. 1632
Ostade, Adriaen Van
Village Kitchen
Oil on panel. Ca. 1632
Ostade, Adriaen Van

This work belongs to the so-called peasant interiors, one of the new genres of painting that emerged and developed in Flanders and Holland in the early seventeenth century. In Houbraken and in early i [+]

Country Celebration
Oil on canvas. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David
Country Celebration
Oil on canvas. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David

A group of local people dance to the sound of bagpipes and a hurdy-gurdy in honour of a bride, who presides at the table in the background, surrounded by what seem to be older relatives or guests. The [+]

The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1631 - 1635
Turchi, Alessandro
The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1631 - 1635
Turchi, Alessandro

Esta pintura pertenece a una serie, formada inicialmente por nueve Fiestas de Nuestra Señora, que el Cardenal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco (1580-1645), embajador ante la Santa Sede, envió desde Roma en 1 [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Tityus, the son of Jupiter and Elara, appears chained to the boulder in Tartarus while an eagle eternally devours his liver. The Giant received that punishment for attempting to rape one of his father [+]

Diego del Corral y Arellano
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Diego del Corral y Arellano
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Of the people with whom Velázquez must have had contact on a daily basis at the palace, many would have been high functionaries or skilled servants of the court. His own social aspirations incl [+]

Cephalus and Procris
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Fearing she was a victim of infidelity, Procris followed her beloved Cephalus to a clearing in the woods, where he was resting during a hunting expedition. The young woman´s jealousy led her to her de [+]

The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1631 - 1635
Turchi, Alessandro
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1631 - 1635
Turchi, Alessandro

This panting belongs to a series consisting, initially, of nine Feasts of our Lady that Spain’s ambassador to the Vatican, Cardinal Gaspar de Borja y Velasco (1580-1645), sent from Rome, in 1635 or ea [+]

The Crucified Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Crucified Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Stylistically, this work appears to have been made in the early 1630s -soon after the artist returned from Italy- and most authors date it from around 1632. The Apollonian perfection of the anatomy an [+]

The Hunt of Meleager
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Poussin, Nicolas
The Hunt of Meleager
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Poussin, Nicolas

Until very recently there was total confusion as to the origin of this painting and the circumstances surrounding its entry into the Royal Collection. Its original owner was formerly thought to have b [+]

Landscape with a Hermit preaching to Animals
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Dughet, Gaspard
Landscape with a Hermit preaching to Animals
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Dughet, Gaspard

This work was one of a large group of landscapes commissioned in Rome by agents of Philip IV to decorate the new Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. Others artists involved included Claude Lorraine and Pous [+]

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