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Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo
Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo

The Virgin’s facial type, the confident drawing and the forceful rendering of the spatial planes originally led this work to be attributed to Claudio Coello. But in 1986 more precise knowledge of the [+]

Landscape with a Carthusian (Saint Bruno?)
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Swanevelt, Herman Van
Landscape with a Carthusian (Saint Bruno?)
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Swanevelt, Herman Van

The painting entered the Museum holdings as an original work by Jan Both. In 1959 Blunt identifies it as the landscape listed in the 1701 inventory of the Palace of the Buen Retiro and maintains the a [+]

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo

The wheel by the figure’s feet, her palm of martyrdom and crown identify her as Saint Catherine who received the wedding ring from the Infant Christ in reward for her virtue. The basket in the foregro [+]

The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician recounts his Dream to the Pope
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician recounts his Dream to the Pope
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

This painting and its companion, The Patrician’s Dream (P994), are among Murillo’s most renowned works. The two arched works were intended to hang beneath a small dome in the recently remodeled Sevill [+]

Christ in Glory with Saints
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1661
Preti, Mattia
Christ in Glory with Saints
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1661
Preti, Mattia

A Triumphant Christ appears to a group of saints among whom are Saints Jerome, Francis and Mary Magdalene. It is not known what church this work was painted for, although it is clear that it was meant [+]

The Calling of Saint Matthew
Oil on canvas. 1661
Pareja, Juan de
The Calling of Saint Matthew
Oil on canvas. 1661
Pareja, Juan de

Christ appears in the tax collector’s office and calls on Matthew to follow him. Matthew, depicted raising his right hand to his breast and with a star above his head, would become one of Christ’s mos [+]

Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)
Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)

This colossal head may be that of a giant, a figure taken from classical mythology in which such characters are described as being rough and primitive beings, possessed of remarkable strength and terr [+]

The Virgin and Child on a Throne of Angels
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1661
Espinosa, Jerónimo Jacinto
The Virgin and Child on a Throne of Angels
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1661
Espinosa, Jerónimo Jacinto

Espinosa was the leading painter working in Valencia in the mid-seventeenth century. He deployed a naturalistic style characterised by precise description and a selective use of light. Most of his wor [+]

Landscape with Shepherds near Roman Ruins
Oil on copperplate. 1622 - 1623
Poelenburch, Cornelis Van
Landscape with Shepherds near Roman Ruins
Oil on copperplate. 1622 - 1623
Poelenburch, Cornelis Van

During the years he spent in Rome, Van Poelenburch began painting scenes of this kind with small-or medium-sized figures, in which the presence of ruins is so powerful that they could almost be said t [+]

The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician's Dream
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Patrician's Dream
Oil on canvas. 1664 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

This painting and its companion, The Patrician Reveals his Dream to the Pope (P995), are among Murillo’s most renowned works. The two arched works were intended to hang beneath a small dome in the rec [+]

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 [+]

An Artillery General
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Rizi, Francisco
An Artillery General
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Rizi, Francisco

The baton in the sitter’s right hand and the cannon indicate that he is an artillery general, while the insignia hanging from his neck denotes his membership of the Order of Calatrava. Stylistically t [+]

Margaret Theresa, Infanta of Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista
Margaret Theresa, Infanta of Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista

Margarita of Austria (1651-1673) was the daughter of Philip IV and Mariana of Austria. When Mazo painted her she was betrothed to the Emperor Leopold of Austria, whom she married in 1666. In this port [+]

The Painter Andrea Sacchi
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1661
Maratta, Carlo
The Painter Andrea Sacchi
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1661
Maratta, Carlo

Maratti was a pupil of Sacchi (ca. 1599-1661). He may have painted this portrait as a pair to that of Francesco Albani by Sacchi (also on display in this room), which he acquired in 1661. It passed fr [+]

The Painter Francesco Albani
Oil on canvas. 1635
Sacchi, Andrea
The Painter Francesco Albani
Oil on canvas. 1635
Sacchi, Andrea

Between 1635 and 1636 Sacchi left Bologna in order to study the work of Correggio (c. 1489-1534) and the Venetian painters. Before leaving he painted a portrait of his teacher, Albani (1578-1660), age [+]

Garland of Flowers with a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1652
Arellano, Juan de
Garland of Flowers with a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1652
Arellano, Juan de

Flower painting experienced its greatest development in the Netherlands -there were both Flemish and Dutch schools- and in the different regions of Italy. Both Northern and Mediterranean artists produ [+]

Garland of Flowers with Saint Anthony of Padua
Oil on canvas. After 1689
Pérez, Bartolomé
Garland of Flowers with Saint Anthony of Padua
Oil on canvas. After 1689
Pérez, Bartolomé

This is one of the artist’s later works. It must date from 1689 at the very earliest, as that is the year he became one of the king’s painters and this is indicated alongside his signature by the lett [+]

Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1661
Fyt, Jan
Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1661
Fyt, Jan

Here Fyt returns to the subject of a concert of birds, a subject made fashionable by his master Frans Snyders. While the latter’s scenes of this type had a symbolic and moralising significance, in the [+]

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