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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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul -Painter- (And Workshop)
The Rape of Proserpine
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter 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 [+]

Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Renaissance painting abounds with representations of Christ bearing the cross on the road to Calvary, either as an isolated figure, or with an executioner assailing him, or accompanied by soldiers, cu [+]

Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido
Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido

Guido Reni`s painting shows a young Cupid facing the viewer, with the seashore behind him, his left leg bent and left foot resting on a slab of stone. Cupid raises his left hand to a dove and with his [+]

Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1642
Master S. B.
Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1642
Master S. B.

This splendid painting, which came from the Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid (where it was cited in a 1794 inventory), was until recently attributed to Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo (1626-1693), based on the h [+]

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 [+]

Saint Francis of Assisi in the Porziuncola with the Donors Antonio Contreras and María Amezquita
Oil on canvas. 1659
Caro, Francisco
Saint Francis of Assisi in the Porziuncola with the Donors Antonio Contreras and María Amezquita
Oil on canvas. 1659
Caro, Francisco

Christ and the Virgin Mary appear to Saint Francis at the church of la Porziuncola and the saint asks them for plenary indulgence for all pilgrims to that site. We know the artist´s name because it is [+]

Isaac and Jacob
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Isaac and Jacob
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This painting narrates an event from chapter 27 of Genesis, in which Jacob tricks his father, Isaac, in order to obtain the blessing that should rightfully go to his older brother, Esau. Jacob’s mothe [+]

Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The keys in his right hand identify the figure as Saint Peter. A less common attribute is the book. To represent the saint, Ribera has used a real model with distinctive appearance, which make his san [+]

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 [+]

Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Portrayed as an old man in accordance with the conventional method that was faithful to prevailing iconographic precepts, in his right hand the god Saturn clasps a scythe, his inveterate attribute, us [+]

The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Death of Hyacinth
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Apollo helplessly contemplates the death throes of his beloved Hyacinth, who was hit by one of the discs the two were throwing in a display of their athletic skills. This is one of the preparatory ske [+]

Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1637
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Like a new Atlas, Saint Christopher crosses the river carrying a child, who is in fact Christ bearing the world. Tradition had it that all those who evoked the saint would not die unconfessed on that [+]

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