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Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans
Still Life with a Maid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1633
Snyders, Frans

This opulent still-life scene typical of the Baroque Flemish school includes a human figure and two animals, as was common in the period, in accordance with the tastes of the clients, whose wealth and [+]

Still Life with game birds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1619
Vollenhoven, Herman Van
Still Life with game birds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1619
Vollenhoven, Herman Van

In the immediate foreground, six dead birds arranged on a table that runs parallel to the picture plane stand out against a dark ground. These are, from right to left, three greenfinches, a goldfinch [+]

Manuela Tolosa y Aviñón
Oil on canvas. 1785 - 1788
González Velázquez, Antonio
Manuela Tolosa y Aviñón
Oil on canvas. 1785 - 1788
González Velázquez, Antonio

Retrato de la segunda esposa del pintor Antonio Gonzalez Velázquez, Manuela María Teresa Cayetana Tolosa y Aviñón (Madrid, 11-7-1740 - Madrid, 7-12-1797), con quien casó el 8 de abril de 1745. De su m [+]

The Infanta Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan (Attributed To)
The Infanta Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan (Attributed To)

La infanta Catalina Micaela fue la menor de las dos hijas habidas en el matrimonio del rey Felipe II con su tercera esposa, Isabel de Valois. Nació en Madrid en 1567. Junto a su hermana mayor, Isabel [+]

Maria Luisa of Spain, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Maria Luisa of Spain, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Oil on canvas. 1770
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Daughter of Charles III of Spain and Maria Amalia of Saxony, the sitter was born in Naples in 1745. In 1765 she married Leopold of Austria, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and bore sixteen children, including [+]

Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

Both the large ruff the sitter is wearing and the technique used date this portrait to the beginning of the seventeenth century. The loose brushwork (in the form of subtle highlights, dabbing and smal [+]

Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This is an extraordinary example of the eventful life of many royal portraits during the Siglo de Oro, and it shows just how much those paintings, rather than immutable artworks, were objects with a r [+]

The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on oak panel. 1501 - 1505
Bosch, Hieronymus
The Extraction of the Stone of Madness
Oil on oak panel. 1501 - 1505
Bosch, Hieronymus

In the centre of a rectangular surface Bosch incised a circle in which he depicted this scene of Extracting the stone of madness. The resulting image is a mirror that offers a reflection of folly and [+]

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 [+]

Water
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1700
Anonymous
Water
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1700
Anonymous

This canvas by a late 17th-century painter is part of a group of four works, all at the Museo del Prado (P191, P3196, P3197 and P3198), that express the idea of the Elements through motives drawn from [+]

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 [+]

Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. 1745 - 1749
Pierre, Jean-Baptiste-Marie
Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. 1745 - 1749
Pierre, Jean-Baptiste-Marie

In Book II of his Metamorphosis, Ovid tells how Jupiter tricked Callisto. This very beautiful nymph who was part of Diana the Huntress´ entourage was seduced by Jupiter, who took on the appearan [+]

Boat in a Storm
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous
Boat in a Storm
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous

Es un fragmento de una composición mayor. Figuró en la colección del duque del Arco (1745 y 1794). En 1818 consta en el Palacio de Aranjuez, desde donde es enviado al Museo (Texto extractado de Posada [+]

Queen Anne of Austria, fourth Wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
González, Bartolomé (Copy Mor, Anthonis)
Queen Anne of Austria, fourth Wife of Philip II
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1616
González, Bartolomé (Copy Mor, Anthonis)

A court portrait of Queen Anne (1549-1580), the daughter of Emperor Maximilian II (1527-1576) and Maria of Austria (1528-1603), married her uncle Philip II in 1570; their son later became Philip III ( [+]

Bird Seller
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1620
Pensionante de Saraceni
Bird Seller
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1620
Pensionante de Saraceni

A bird seller is tricked by a young man who shows him some coins with the right hand while robbing a rooster with the left. While the nationality of this artist is unknown, he seems to have learned hi [+]

Beatriz van Hemmema, Countess of Oxford
Oil on canvas. 1638
Dyck, Anthony Van
Beatriz van Hemmema, Countess of Oxford
Oil on canvas. 1638
Dyck, Anthony Van

This characteristic portrait from the artist’s late phase depicts Beatrice van Hemmema. Born into a Frisian family, at a date prior to 1626 she married Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford. In the context o [+]

The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Apparition of the Virgin to Saint Bernard
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

The Virgin appears miraculously to Saint Bernard to offer him her milk as a reward for his praises and defense. The Saint is surprised while studying and falls to his knees. His desk and bookshelves a [+]

Sailing Boats in a River Estuary
Oil on panel. XVII century
Anonymous
Sailing Boats in a River Estuary
Oil on panel. XVII century
Anonymous

These two seascapes (P1581 and P1582) are traditionally considered pendants. In the Museum’s older catalogues and inventories they are attributed to Cornelis Molenaer (ca. 1540-1589) until 1933. As of [+]

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