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The Descent from the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Descent from the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

A group of sorrowful figures is illuminated by the rays of divine light which pierce the darkness that fell with the death of Christ, shown lying in his mother’s lap and anointed by Mary Magdalene. Th [+]

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 afte [+]

Margaret before the Mirror
Oil on canvas. 1866
Domínguez Sánchez, Manuel
Margaret before the Mirror
Oil on canvas. 1866
Domínguez Sánchez, Manuel

This painting illustrates a scene from Goethe´s Faust. Specifically, the moment when Margaret finds a jewelry box in her bedroom closet. Mephistopheles gave it to Faust as a tempting gift for his belo [+]

Christ before Pilate
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
Christ before Pilate
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

Shortly after his arrival in Spain in 1753, Giaquinto embarked on a series of eight canvases on scenes from the Passion for the King’s Oratory in the Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid. The series also incl [+]

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 [+]

The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

A New Testament scene (Luke 1, 26-38) that depicts the Archangel Gabriel´s Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and her acceptance of the fact that she will become the Mother of God through the intercessio [+]

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 [+]

The Dauphin Louis de Bourbon
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Drouais, Hubert
The Dauphin Louis de Bourbon
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Drouais, Hubert

La efigie muestra al único hijo varón de Luis XV y de Maria Lecszinska, hija de Estanislao Lecszinski, rey de Polonia y más tarde duque de Lorena. Nació en Versalles el 4 de septiembre de 1729 y falle [+]

Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Bonito, Giuseppe
Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Bonito, Giuseppe

Charles III described Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724-1760) as possessing the wit of an angel, and felt himself to be the happiest and most fortunate man in the world. The portrait of his young wife refl [+]

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 bee [+]

Bullfight
Oil on canvas. 1867 - 1868
Fortuny, Mariano
Bullfight
Oil on canvas. 1867 - 1868
Fortuny, Mariano

The sketch, almost schematic character of this composition makes this one of the most attractive bullfighting scenes ever painted by Fortuny. It offers a panoramic view of a bullring -probably in Madr [+]

Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Sea
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio
Departure of Charles of Bourbon for Spain, seen from the Sea
Oil on canvas. 1759
Joli, Antonio

This painting depicts the moment when the Spanish fleet commanded by the Marquis of La Victoria leaves the port of Naples after having taken aboard the new monarch, Charles III, and his family. Accomp [+]

The Agony in the Garden
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Agony in the Garden
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

This canvas is one of a group of eight painted by Giaquinto shortly after his arrival in Spain in 1753. It was painted for the King’s Prayer Chamber in the Buen Retiro palace. The series was devoted t [+]

Jupiter and Antiope
Oil on canvas. 1745 - 1749
Pierre, Jean-Baptiste-Marie
Jupiter and Antiope
Oil on canvas. 1745 - 1749
Pierre, Jean-Baptiste-Marie

This scene from Book VI of Ovid´s Metamorphosis, shows the god Jupiter´s seduction of the nymph, Antiope. This very beautiful nymph was seduced by the Lord of Olympus, who took the form of [+]

The Crowning with Thorns
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Crowning with Thorns
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

This canvas was part of a series on the Passion that decorated the private oratory of Ferdinand VI in the Buen Retiro palace until 1808. Giaquinto establishes a contrast between Christ’s submission an [+]

The Adoration of the Magi
Pencil on brown paper. Late XVII century
Creti, Donato
The Adoration of the Magi
Pencil on brown paper. Late XVII century
Creti, Donato

La composición, ligeramente apuntada, se desarrolla ante un fondo de arquitecturas monumentales. A la izquierda, sentada, la Virgen con el Niño y San José y en las gradas, arrodillados y en pie, los t [+]

Urania
Red chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. Before 1769
Bayeu, Francisco
Urania
Red chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. Before 1769
Bayeu, Francisco

Cabeza de tres cuartos a la izquierda y en escorzo visto desde abajo. Probablemente para la figura de Urania en la parte inferior derecha de la bóveda del fresco la Apoteosis de Hércules, pintado ant [+]

Erato (?)
Red chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. Before 1769
Bayeu, Francisco
Erato (?)
Red chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. Before 1769
Bayeu, Francisco

Cabeza inclinada a la izquierda y en escorzo visto desde abajo. Dibujo preparatorio, seguramente, para la cabeza de la figura de Erato en la parte central derecha del fresco la Apoteosis de Hércules, [+]

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