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The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Rizi, Francisco
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Rizi, Francisco

This painting presents the moment when the Archangel Gabriel, holding a spray of lilies, appears to the Virgin Mary and announces that she will give birth to the Son of God. Mary is depicted kneeling [+]

Hawking Party by a River
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1658
Wouwerman, Philips -Painter- (And Workshop)
Hawking Party by a River
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1658
Wouwerman, Philips -Painter- (And Workshop)

Here the main scene takes place in the foreground, where a group of distinguished huntsmen ride down a narrow path along a river bank crowded with popular figures including horse-riders, wayfarers, ba [+]

Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Mary of Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that in 1658 were in the Madrid collection of Don Jerónimo de la Torre, a member of the Royal Co [+]

Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Traditionally identified as the woman who was a sinner and wept on Christ’s feet and wiped away her tears with her hair (Luke 7:36-50), Mary Magdalene is shown here as the hermit saint she became upon [+]

Philip IV in Armour, with a Lion at his Feet
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)
Philip IV in Armour, with a Lion at his Feet
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)

In its present state the painting reveals two different phases of creation. The apparent age of the sitter and the notable similarities with his appearance in Velázquez`s portrait of the elderl [+]

Turkish Galley and Dutch Ship off the Coast
Oil on panel. Ca. 1663
Bellevois, Jacob Adriaensz
Turkish Galley and Dutch Ship off the Coast
Oil on panel. Ca. 1663
Bellevois, Jacob Adriaensz

This is one of Bellevois`s characteristic seascapes designed to capture the atmospheric effects of the North Sea. Accordingly, in the rendering of the various elements -figures, vessels and background [+]

Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The saint in this painting can be identified by the knife in his right hand - the tool with which he was skinned. The work is part of a set of four hermits, although it is unusual to see this saint re [+]

The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Rizi, Francisco
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Rizi, Francisco

The impetus of the dashing, powerful and monumental angel comes from Ribera. The conception of space and of the sky, with clouds that grow denser in the area just over the luminous horizon, seeks an e [+]

Philip IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1653
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This image can be identified as that of a king and as a portrait of Philip IV on the basis of others of the monarch. In fact, nothing about the clothes or the sitter`s actions suggests his royal statu [+]

Liberation of Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Liberation of Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1639
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Saint Peter lies in prison where his sleep is interrupted by an angel who frees him. This subject allows Ribera to create a work in which he can show the very best of his mature style. The work combin [+]

The ascension of Saint Gennaro
Oil on canvas. 1635
Vaccaro, Andrea
The ascension of Saint Gennaro
Oil on canvas. 1635
Vaccaro, Andrea

Bishop Gennaro (or Januarius) is the patron saint of Naples, and thus the subject of numerous works from that city’s rich school of painting. According to tradition, he was bishop of Benevento during [+]

Saint Benedict's Vision of the Globe and the three Angels
Oil on canvas. 1658 - 1660
Cano, Alonso
Saint Benedict's Vision of the Globe and the three Angels
Oil on canvas. 1658 - 1660
Cano, Alonso

A native of the province of Nursia, the holy abbot that founded the Benedictine Order in the sixth century appears inside his cell, where he witnesses the apparition of a globe held by three angels in [+]

A Stop at an Inn
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1658
Wouwerman, Philips
A Stop at an Inn
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1658
Wouwerman, Philips

The scene is closed in to the left by part of the inn and a tree, whereas the right-hand side opens out onto a vast panoramic view with a low horizon that occupies the entire background. The compositi [+]

The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)
The Nativity
Oil. Ca. 1656
Cortona, Pietro Da (Pietro Berrettini)

The painting was given to Philip IV by Cardinal Francesco Barberini in 1656. It is unusual for being painted on a vitreous paste called aventurine, which acts as the background to the composition. It [+]

Juan Martínez Montañés
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Juan Martínez Montañés
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A sculptor is shown modeling (possibly in wax) a head of Philip IV, making this one of the most important 17th-century Spanish portraits of an artist. Besides its impeccable quality, this work is a ve [+]

Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1619
Reni, Guido
Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1619
Reni, Guido

Inspired by Ovid´s Metamorphoses, this key work in Reni´s oeuvre tells the story of Atalanta, the daughter of Schoeneus, king of Arcadia. Seeking a husband, she offered to marrie anyone able to outrun [+]

Massacre of the Innocents
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Giordano, Luca
Massacre of the Innocents
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1663
Giordano, Luca

A. E. Pérez Sánchez publicó en 1970 su fotografía y su identificación en los inventarios antiguos de El Escorial (Madrid 1970a). En la actualidad, el formato de la obra aparece alterado en todos sus l [+]

Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that in 1658 were in the Madrid collection of Don Jerónimo de la Torre, a member of the Royal Co [+]

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