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Buffoon with Books
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Buffoon with Books
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

One of the most distinguished components of Velázquez` oeuvre is his gallery of buffoons (or, as we would generally call them in English, jesters), dwarves, and other men of amusement who enter [+]

Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Born in El Escorial in 1609, don Fernando was the son of Philip III and Margarita de Austria, and thus Philip IV´s brother. As a result, he held very high posts. In 1619, he was appointed cardinal and [+]

The Fall of Icarus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter
The Fall of Icarus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter

Ícaro, hijo de Dédalo el constructor del laberinto del Minotauro, trató de huir con su padre de la isla de Creta con unas alas creadas por su padre que había pegado a la espalda con cera. Ovidio cuent [+]

The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This painting is the result of two acts carried out in different periods. First, Velázquez painted the surface occupied by the figures and the tapestry in the background. Later, in the 18th cen [+]

José de Rozas y Meléndez de la Cueva, 1st Count of Castelblanco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1716
Oudry, Jean Baptiste
José de Rozas y Meléndez de la Cueva, 1st Count of Castelblanco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1716
Oudry, Jean Baptiste

The sitter was born in Lima in 1665 and was a leading figure in the court in exile of James II, former king of England and Scotland. He married three times, the second time in 1710 to Mary Drummond, d [+]

Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Mercury
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

Mercury, the son of Jupiter and Maya, bears his characteristic attributes as the gods´ messenger: a winged hat and shoes, as well as the caduceus, a hazel wand with two serpents wound around it, which [+]

Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Aesop and Menippus are first listed in the inventory of the Torre de la Parada between 1701 and 1703. Among other works, this hunting lodge had a vast cycle of mythological paintings made by Rubens an [+]

Lady Mary Josephine Drummond, Countess of Castelblanco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1716
Oudry, Jean Baptiste
Lady Mary Josephine Drummond, Countess of Castelblanco
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1716
Oudry, Jean Baptiste

The sitter was the daughter of John Drummond, Duke of Melfort, one of James II’s principal councillors in exile in San-Germain-en-Laye and his Secretary of State. Lady Mary was married there in 1710 t [+]

Abdication of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio
Abdication of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio

On August 10, 1759, Ferdinand VI died without a descendant. As a result, his stepbrother Charles, then King of Naples and Sicily, inherited the Spanish throne. The first of seven children of Philip V [+]

Apollo and Daphne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van
Apollo and Daphne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van

Ovidio cuenta la transformación de Dafne en árbol en el libro I de las Metamorfosis (452-552): "(...) El primer amor de Febo fue Dafne, la hija de Peneo, un amor que no produjo el ignorante azar, sino [+]

Prince Baltasar Carlos in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Prince Baltasar Carlos in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The inscription at the lower left serves to date this portrait between October 1635 and the same month the following year. At that time, following his first Italian visit and his permanent and conscie [+]

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 [+]

Philip IV in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV in Hunting Dress
Oil on canvas. 1632 - 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Between 1635 and 1637, important additions were made to the Torre de la Parada, the king´s hunting pavilion situated in the woodlands surrounding the royal palace of El Pardo, on the outskirts of Madr [+]

Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans
Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans

This scene is inspired by a passage from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. Orpheus, the mythological Greek musician and poet, sung and played the lyre so sublimely that all the animals, even t [+]

Rubens painting ‘The Allegory of Peace’
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Giordano, Luca
Rubens painting ‘The Allegory of Peace’
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Giordano, Luca

In this complex allegory, Mars, the god of war, is rejected by his lover Venus, who symbolises the peace painted by Rubens (1577-1640). On the ground at the lower edge we see objects destroyed by war: [+]

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 [+]

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van

The daughter of King Constus, Catherine of Alexandria lived in the early 4th century and was a martyr for her Christian faith. Famous for her beauty, wisdom, eloquence and chastity, she is frequently [+]

Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Peter Paul Rubens executed this painting between 1636 and 1637 on a commission from Philip IV for the Torre de la Parada. The decoration of this royal hunting pavilion, in which other artists such as [+]

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