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Smokers and Drinkers
Oil on panel. 1652
Teniers The Younger, David
Smokers and Drinkers
Oil on panel. 1652
Teniers The Younger, David

Three figures enjoy tobacco in an expressive manner in the foreground while an onlooker leans through the window. Around a table in the background, another group of figures drinks or plays cards. This [+]

Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter 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 [+]

Landscape with the Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
Landscape with the Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

The saint is depicted among ruins, imploring God to protect him from some small devils who disturb his spiritual retreat. The most striking element in the composition is its sophisticated lighting, wh [+]

Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas
Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas

Nicolas Poussin has a curious relation to the Buen Retiro Palace. Úbea considers him the determinant artist among all those who took part in its decorative project. That could explain why he wa [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

El rapto de Europa por parte de Júpiter lo narra Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis en el libro II (838-875): "(...)Se atrevió también la princesa, sin saber a quién montaba, a sentarse sobre el lomo del toro [+]

Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter

Esta desgraciada historia de amor aparece en el libro VII, (835-841) de las Metamorfosis. La celosa Procris espió a su marido, del cual sospechaba le era infiel. Así, escondida entre los matorrales mu [+]

Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

La historia de Cadmo y la aparición de Minerva aparece en el libro III de las Metamorfosis (95-114): "(...) Mientras el vencedor calcula el tamaño del enemigo vencido, se oyó de repente una voz; no er [+]

Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano
Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano

This painting depicts the façade of Saint Peter’s as it was designed by the architect Carlo Maderno and before the re-modelling undertaken by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who had the clock tower on th [+]

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter 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 [+]

The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

La caída de los gigantes es un episodio brevemente narrado por Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis, Libro I (151-155), en la cual los gigantes que habitaban la tierra querían llegar al cielo y por ello fueron [+]

Narcissus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan
Narcissus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan

Narciso, un joven de gran belleza, fue castigado por los dioses por haber rechazado a la ninfa Eco a morir de amor hacia sí mismo. Ovidio en el libro III de las Metamorfosis (370-510) cuenta: "(...) Y [+]

Landscape with Carmelites
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Both, Jan
Landscape with Carmelites
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Both, Jan

This painting entered the Museum as an original work by Jan Both, attribution that has been maintained in the catalogues until the present day. In 1973 Valdivieso identifies it as the picture listed i [+]

Mountain Landscape with Hut and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van
Mountain Landscape with Hut and Vegetables
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van

The painting entered the Museum`s holdings as a work of the school of Jan Both, but it is listed as an original by the painter in the 1843 catalogue. In 1973 Valdivieso identifies it as one of the lan [+]

Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

The scene represents a passage from Ovid´s Metamophoses. After killing the monstrous Python, Apollo falls victim to one of Cupid´s arrows, which inflames his impossible love of Jupiter´s daughter, Dap [+]

Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter
Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter

Hipómenes y Atalanta es uno de los episodios de amor que aparecen en este ciclo. La historia aparece en las Metamorfosis en el Libro X (560-707), donde Venus se la cuenta a Adonis en uno de sus paseos [+]

Landscape with Saint Benedict of Nursia
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van
Landscape with Saint Benedict of Nursia
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1639
Swanevelt, Herman Van

This painting entered the Museum`s holdings as Saint Francis in the Brambles by Jan Both. The scene is correctly classified in the catalogue of 1873. A decade later Valdivieso (1973) identifies it as [+]

The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Las Harpías, seres mitológicos mitad mujer mitad pájaro, son perseguidas por Zetes y Calais, los hijos alados de Boreas. Esta historia es narrada por Ovidio pero de manera muy breve en las Metamorfosi [+]

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