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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-Ange worked in the court in Madrid during the reign of the first Bourbon monarch, Philip V (r.1700-24 and 1724-46), creating interesting landscape paintings, genre scenes, religious paintings and portra

The Battle of Clavijo
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Battle of Clavijo
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado

Mounted on a white steed and flanked by an angel bearing a flag, Saint James gallops over a multitude of fallen Moors and horses. The battle scene occupies a rocky landscape in the middle ground. This canvas is a sketch for the elliptical dome at the entrance to the Royal Palace’s chapel and was painted by Giaquinto between 1756 and 1757. The canvas and its corresponding fresco are clearly derived

Philip V, King of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1723
Ranc, Jean
Philip V, King of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1723
Ranc, Jean

This is an official portrait of Felipe V (1683-1746), the first Bourbon king of Spain. The grandson of Louis XIV (1638-1715) of France, he was born in Versailles and was proclaimed King of Spain in 1700. Married two times, he had numerous children and died in Madrid in 1746. The king wears armor and carries a ruler´s staff. A warrior´s helmet rests on a stone in front of him. Along with the sumptu

The Infanta María Isabel of Naples, Daughter of Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1745
Ruta, Clemente
The Infanta María Isabel of Naples, Daughter of Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1745
Ruta, Clemente

The child in the portrait appears to be the Infanta María Isabel (1743-1749), the third daughter of Charles of Bourbon and Maria Amalia of Saxony, whose birth was received with special joy after the death of her two elder siblings. For this reason, she was portrayed on several occasions. She appears here as an heir being crowned by an angelic trumpeter.

The Hall of the Full College in Venice
Oil on canvas. 1606 - 1618
Malombra, Pietro
The Hall of the Full College in Venice
Oil on canvas. 1606 - 1618
Malombra, Pietro

Malombra, especialista en escenas de interiores, representó la recepción del dux Leonardo Donato al español Alonso de la Cueva, embajador en Venecia entre 1606 y 1618, y la ambientó en la Sala del Colegio del Palazzo Ducale, con sus grandes lienzos de Veronés, al fondo, y Tintoretto, a la derecha.

Felipe de Borbón y Farnesio, Infante of Spain, Duke of Parma
Oil on canvas. 1739 - 1742
Loo, Louis-Michel Van
Felipe de Borbón y Farnesio, Infante of Spain, Duke of Parma
Oil on canvas. 1739 - 1742
Loo, Louis-Michel Van

Felipe (1720-1765), the son of Philip V and Isabella Farnese, married Louise Elisabeth of France, daughter of Louis XV, in 1739. With the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748) he received the family duchies of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla. This portrait seems to be a preparatory study for Van Loo`s The Family of Philip V, also in the Prado.

Anna Escher von Muralt
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Kauffmann, Angelica
Anna Escher von Muralt
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Kauffmann, Angelica

A successful interpreter of the Neo-classical style, Angelica Kauffmann here offers an elegant image of the sitter, Anna Escher von Muralt (1767 -1830), who belonged to a prominent Swiss family. The subject is depicted sitting in a wooded spot, wearing a fashionable gown of classical inspiration. A circular temple in the background completes this idealised evocation of the ancient world.

The Glory of Saints
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Glory of Saints
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado

Standing on clouds at the center of the composition, Moses points toward the sunbeams shining down from the sky. Beneath him, Abraham and Isaac are accompanied by the sacrificial lamb. To the left of the composition, Saint Laurence and Saint Steven await the palm frond of martyrdom carried by angels; and to the right, we see the strong women of the Bible and King David.This composition belongs to

The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1743 - 1744
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1743 - 1744
Giaquinto, Corrado

Moses Striking Water from the Rock and The Bronze Serpent are related to frescos on the same subjects in the apse of the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. Those decorations commissioned in 1743 by the procurer general of the Cistercians and abbot of Santa Croce, Raimondo Besozzi, were paid by Pope Benedict XIV. As was his custom, Giaquinto painted various versions of the compositions

General Antonio Ricardos
Oil on canvas. 1793
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
General Antonio Ricardos
Oil on canvas. 1793
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

The illustrious soldier, Antonio Ricardos y Carrillo, is depicted by Goya in the battle dress of a Captain General, with the sash of the Order of Carlos III and the plaque of that same order on his dress coat. The scallop of the Order of Santiago on his lapel and the triple braid on his cuffs complete the symbols of this general´s high rank. The portrait was made shortly after his death, as he was

Paradise
Oil on canvas. 1754 - 1757
Giaquinto, Corrado
Paradise
Oil on canvas. 1754 - 1757
Giaquinto, Corrado

Corrado Giaquinto had frequent contacts with Spain as of 1735 or earlier. But the death of Jacopo Amigoni in 1752 led to his being summoned to Madrid the next year. During his stay in the Spanish Court, he earned the highest honors given to a painter in that era. He became First Painter to the Court in August 1753 and director of the Academy of San Fernando that December. His main mission was the

Madame du Barry
Oil on canvas. 1770
Drouais, François-Hubert
Madame du Barry
Oil on canvas. 1770
Drouais, François-Hubert

La retratada ha sido representada de medio cuerpo, con traje blanco y manto de color rosa. Aparece coronada de rosas y en las manos lleva otra corona de la misma flor. Jeanne Becu nació el 19 de agosto de 1743, fue favorita de Luis XV, con el nombre de Comtesse du Barry, por su matrimonio con Guillermo du Barry, y murió guillotinada el 8 de diciembre de 1793.

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 quarters and sumptuously dressed, the Queen turns her body to the left and her head to the right in an elegant pose characteristic of French portraits of that period. The technique of this painting, with a

Old Lady with a crutch
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Nogari, Giuseppe
Old Lady with a crutch
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Nogari, Giuseppe

This work was probably painted after the artist returned from Torino in 1742, as it closely resembles Old Lady Warming Her Hands, a replica at Hampton Court of a painting in Dresden, which is coupled with another that the artist painted for Algarotti in 1743.

The Holy Trinity, the Virgin and Saints
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1755
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Holy Trinity, the Virgin and Saints
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1755
Giaquinto, Corrado

Corrado Giaquinto had frequent contacts with Spain as of 1735 or earlier. But the death of Jacopo Amigoni in 1752 led to his being summoned to Madrid the next year. During his stay in the Spanish Court, he earned the highest honors given to a painter in that era. He became First Painter to the Court in August 1753 and director of the Academy of San Fernando that December. His main mission was the

1st Marquis of La Ensenada
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1750
Amigoni, Jacopo
1st Marquis of La Ensenada
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1750
Amigoni, Jacopo

Born in 1702, Zenón de Somodevilla y Bengoechea obtained a marquisate in 1736 following the conquest of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies for the Infante don Carlos. Quartermaster General of the Navy, in 1743 he became Secretary of State, the Treasury, and of the Army and Navy. As minister under Ferdinand VI he achieved unequalled power. In favour of friendly relations with France, the Marqui

María Isabel of Bourbon and Saxony, Infanta of Naples and Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1746
Ruta, Clemente
María Isabel of Bourbon and Saxony, Infanta of Naples and Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1746
Ruta, Clemente

The Infanta (1743-1749), the daughter of Charles III, is seen playing with a little dog, as in another portrait of her at an earlier age and in that of The Family of Philip V. The picture may have been sent to Spain from Naples, or brought with him by Charles III when he ascended to the throne of Spain, in memory of his daughter, by then already deceased.

Roman Landscape at Sunset
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph
Roman Landscape at Sunset
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph

Claude Joseph Vernet, the most renowned eighteenth-century French landscape painter and veduttista (view painter), was known for his landscapes, seascapes, and views of Rome and Naples. Characterised by dramatic or poetic representations of storms and other atmospheric phenomena at different times of day, these works were enlivened by scenes from everyday life.Based in Rome between 1734 and 1752,

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