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Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Saint Francis in Prayer
Oil on canvas. 1659
Zurbarán, Francisco de

We can identify Saint Francis by his habit, his rope belt and the wound on his right hand. He raises his gaze towards heaven and holds a skull in his left hand. A crucifix rests on a book in front of [+]

Louis I, Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. 1717
Houasse, Michel-Ange
Louis I, Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. 1717
Houasse, Michel-Ange

Michel-Ange Houasse, son of the painter René-Antoine Houasse (c.1645-1710), had enjoyed a long career during the reign of Louis XIV of France (r.1643-1715). From 1715 until his death, Michel-An [+]

Brígida del Río, the Bearded Lady of Peñaranda
Oil on canvas. 1590
Sánchez Cotán, Juan
Brígida del Río, the Bearded Lady of Peñaranda
Oil on canvas. 1590
Sánchez Cotán, Juan

Brígida del Río was a well-known character in the late 16th century, as indicated by the descriptions of her in various literary and visual accounts; works that reflect a para-scientific [+]

The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. 1475 - 1485
Master Of The Legend Of Saint Catherine
The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. 1475 - 1485
Master Of The Legend Of Saint Catherine

The wound in Christ`s side was inflicted after his death (John 19:34). The two angels, blue and dressed in blue, are apparently cherubim. Saint John the Evangelist steps forward to support the weeping [+]

Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1633 - 1634
Reni, Guido
Saint Peter
Oil on canvas. 1633 - 1634
Reni, Guido

Reni’s contemporaries recognised his remarkable ability to depict the worn appearance of old age, contrasting with the youthful beauty of his female images. Saint Peter and Saint Paul (P00220) were in [+]

The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y
The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y

In this painting, following His crucifixion and descent from the Cross, the body of Christ lies upon a white cloth. On His left is a beam of the cross bearing the sign that identifies Him as King of t [+]

Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The subject is drawn from the narration in Jacobo de la Voragine`s 13th-century Golden Legend of Saint Anthony the Abbot`s voyage to the Egyptian desert to visit Saint Paul, the first Christian hermit [+]

Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1659 - 1660
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1659 - 1660
Valdés Leal, Juan de

Saint John is presented in the foreground as a young man playing with a lamb -one of his identifying attributes as well as a reference to the Agnus Dei, which is how the Baptist referred to Christ. Th [+]

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 [+]

Isabella Farnese, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1723
Ranc, Jean
Isabella Farnese, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1723
Ranc, Jean

This is an official portrait of Queen Isabella Farnese (1692-1766), daughter of Eduardo II, Duke of Parma and second wife of Felipe V of Spain (1683-1746), whom she married in 1714. Shown three quarte [+]

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 [+]

Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1664
Cerezo, Mateo
Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1664
Cerezo, Mateo

A profusion of cooking utensils and hearty meats -game birds fresh from the hunt and not yet dressed, a recently-killed lamb, a calf’s head, and other cuts- are laid out on a work surface, as if the p [+]

Dead Cockerel
Oil on panel. 1659 - 1660
Metsu, Gabriël
Dead Cockerel
Oil on panel. 1659 - 1660
Metsu, Gabriël

Recent restoration has enabled a much better appreciation of this picture, since the thick layer of oxidised glaze that previously covered the surface made it impossible to judge the space and depth o [+]

Christ and the Centurion
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1571
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
Christ and the Centurion
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1571
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)

With a halo of sainthood over his head, Jesus extends his arm to the centurion who, having converted to the Christian faith, kneels at his feet, as told in the New Testament (Matthew 8, 5-13). The sce [+]

The Aldobrandini Garden at Frascati
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous
The Aldobrandini Garden at Frascati
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous

The earliest documentary reference to this painting appears in the 1772 inventory of the Palace of the Buen Retiro, in which the setting is attributed to Viviano Codazzi (1603/4-1672) and the figures [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Wearing his characteristic winged hat, and with a pan flute next to his left hand, Mercury stealthily approaches a shepherd he has lulled to sleep with the unlimited powers of his music. The latter is [+]

The Stigmata of Saint Francis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1651
Cano, Alonso
The Stigmata of Saint Francis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1651
Cano, Alonso

This canvas was part of the decoration of the chapel dedicated to that saint at the Franciscan convent of Santa María de Jesús (known as San Diego de Alcalá) in Alcalá de H [+]

Young Man between Vice and Virtue
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1581
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)
Young Man between Vice and Virtue
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1581
Veronese, Paolo (Paolo Cagliari)

The moralizing intention of this work shows the two paths that will tempt men over the course of their lives: Virtue and Vice. Virtue, wearing the crown of laurels that has been her symbol since Antiq [+]

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