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The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence

A domestic scene set in classical antiquity. An old man and a youth recline on divans while an attractive young woman plays music on a double flute. Both the clothing and the setting suggest the Greek world, and the motives and clothing are rigorously faithful to archeological discoveries made in the mid nineteenth century. Despite being Dutch by birth, Sir Lawrence Alma cultivated an eclectic per

Petronella de Waert
Oil on canvas. 1670
Borch II, Gerard Ter
Petronella de Waert
Oil on canvas. 1670
Borch II, Gerard Ter

This painting formed part of the collection of the Marquis of Castro-Serna (Madrid) where, according to Michel (1887) -who repeats information given by Alfonso de Stuers- it appeared in 1887 as a pendant to the portrait of Nicolaes Pancras (whereabouts unknown). Gudlaugsson (1959) assumes that both were replicas of the original portraits of Nicolaes Pancras and Petronella de Waert (current whereab

Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit
Oil on canvas. 1602
Sánchez Cotán, Juan
Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit
Oil on canvas. 1602
Sánchez Cotán, Juan

This still life shows the inside of a cupboard. On the shelf are a group of birds consisting of two serins, two goldfinches and two sparrows on a cane, as well as three carrots, two radishes, and a large white thistle that closes the composition. Hanging from the upper sill are three lemons, seven apples, a goldfinch, a sparrow and two red partridges. The composition is outstanding for its sobriet

The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis
The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis

This work shows politician, poet, playwright and tutor to Queen Elizabeth II, Manuel José Quntana (Madrid, April 11, 1772- Madrid, March 11, 1857) on the day of his coronation in the Senate as Illustrious Poet (March 25, 1855).

Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1623
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1623
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista

Nothing is known of this middle-aged gentleman with his black doublet and cloak, against which the wide, segmented ruff or gola and the delicate white cuff at his right wrist stand out. At his waist are a belt and a sword belt, both very plain, though essential accessories of aristocratic dress in Spain in the Golden Age. The sitter is depicted three-quarter length and lit from the side with a lig

The Painter Aureliano de Beruete
Oil on canvas. 1902
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín
The Painter Aureliano de Beruete
Oil on canvas. 1902
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín

The Painter Aureliano de Beruete is the most outstanding of all the portraits made by Sorolla. In this work he successfully combined the Velázquez inspiration that was a feature of his oeuvre during that period with direct and rigorous painting from the life and a profound and sensitive interpretation of the sitter’s outstanding personality. Sorolla was especially gifted at portraiture owin

Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

This portrait of Philip V is based on a prototype devised by Meléndez in the 1720s. It combines a French model with the use of broad, zig-zagging brushstrokes typical of the Madrid Baroque style. The monarch´s notably idealised face is extremely delicately painted, with the paler tone of the broad brow suggesting the illumination of intelligence. Small highlights on the nose and lips emphas

A Square in Paris
Oil on canvas. 1887
Meifrén Roig, Eliseo
A Square in Paris
Oil on canvas. 1887
Meifrén Roig, Eliseo

This is one of Meifrén’s views of Paris, where he spent various periods from the late 1870s onwards. It depicts a café on the Place de Clichy near Montmartre. It predates the depictions of such subjects by other Catalan artists including Santiago Rusiñol and Ramón Casas, while the truncated, angled position of the table in the foreground reveals the influence of the rec

Saint Bernard and the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1645 - 1652
Cano, Alonso
Saint Bernard and the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1645 - 1652
Cano, Alonso

This scene from the life of Saint Bernard (twelfth century), depicts the moment when the saint received a stream of milk from a statue of the Virgin and Child, on the altar. A Cardinal watches the miracle with his hands joined in prayer. This work combines a monumental sense of forms with a very delicate treatment of color, which are the characteristics Cano´s painting acquired after he got to kno

The Descent from the Cross
Oil on panel. Ca. 1545
Correa de Vivar, Juan
The Descent from the Cross
Oil on panel. Ca. 1545
Correa de Vivar, Juan

This New Testament scene depicts the Descent from the Cross of Christ´s body (Matthew 28, 57-61; Mark 15, 42-47; Luke 23, 50-55; John 19, 38-42). Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and Saint John the Evangelist remove the nails and take down the Holy Body, while Mary Magdalene laments at his feet and the Virgin is consoled by other holy women. This is considered one of Correa´s finest works. The balan

Pedro Alcántara Álvarez de Toledo, 13th Duke of El Infantado
Oil on canvas. 1827
López Portaña, Vicente
Pedro Alcántara Álvarez de Toledo, 13th Duke of El Infantado
Oil on canvas. 1827
López Portaña, Vicente

Pedro Alcántara Álvarez de Toledo Silva y Mendoza Salm Salm, XIII duque del Infantado (Madrid, 1768-1841), fue ministro de Estado y presidente del Gobierno (1824-1826).El duque está retratado de cuerpo entero, a sus cincuenta y nueve años, ante un paisaje de campo abierto. Viste uniforme de capitán general, sobre el que luce la gran cruz y banda de la orden de Carlos III e insignia y banda del Toi

The Artist's Son, Ignacio, Seated
Oil on canvas. 1887
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio
The Artist's Son, Ignacio, Seated
Oil on canvas. 1887
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio

Ignacio Pinazo’s fondness of childhood scenes led him to make frequent sketches -both drawings and oils- of his two sons, José and Ignacio. The younger child, Ignacio, was especially handsome and his delicate features, curly brunette hair and expressiveness especially attracted the painter’s attention. He therefore appears in numerous works, many of which are now at the Museo del Prado. Her

Maria Christina of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1887
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de
Maria Christina of Austria
Oil on canvas. 1887
Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de

La obra es, como indica la inscripción, un estudio del natural para un retrato de gran tamaño que, encargado en 1887 por el Ministerio de Estado, cuyo titular era Segismundo Moret, para que sirviera de modelo a los retratos oficiales de la reina, se conserva en la Embajada de España en París. En éste del Prado, la forma ovalada de la cabeza se resalta con armonía por el peinado, recogido. Los ojos

Father Francesco Pepe
Oil on canvas. 1758 - 1759
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Father Francesco Pepe
Oil on canvas. 1758 - 1759
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Francesco Pepe (c. 1684-1759), an influential Jesuit preacher in Naples, promoted the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and acted as intermediary between Pope Benedict XIV and the Bourbon monarch Charles VII, King of Naples and Sicily. Mengs painted the priest in Rome in 1758 on their only meeting. Cut down at an early date, the canvas may originally have shown Pepe seated, as suggested by the sl

Seascape (Pazos)
Oil on canvas. 1887
Luna y Novicio, Juan
Seascape (Pazos)
Oil on canvas. 1887
Luna y Novicio, Juan

The Death of Lucan
Oil on canvas. 1887
Garnelo y Alda, José
The Death of Lucan
Oil on canvas. 1887
Garnelo y Alda, José

This painting is based on Emilio Castelar’s lecture of 1857 on the great Roman poet Lucan (Córdoba 39 AD-Rome 65 AD). It depicts Lucan’s suicide, forced on him by Nero, like that of his uncle Seneca (see the painting by Manuel Domínguez, P004688, which inspired this composition). The presence of Lucan’s wife Pola Argentaria and of his friends transmits the emotion of the scene, as do

The Artist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1887
Martínez del Rincón y Trives, Serafín
The Artist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1887
Martínez del Rincón y Trives, Serafín

El palentino Martínez del Rincón desarrolló una carrera marcada por las reminiscencias de un romanticismo tardío. Combinó su interés por los asuntos orientalistas con la pintura de tipos femeninos, que abordó siempre desde arquetipos conservadores. Esta es una de sus pinturas más célebres en ese sentido, y una de las muchas imágenes de la feminidad que le adquirió el Estado a través de los premios

Woman Painting by the Sea
Oil on panel. Ca. 1882
Palmaroli y González, Vicente
Woman Painting by the Sea
Oil on panel. Ca. 1882
Palmaroli y González, Vicente

A woman paints energetically à plein air in a fashionable resort on the Normandy coast. Although it cannot be ruled out that this is a portrait of a real woman artist, the ambiguous characterisation would distance it from the conventions used to depict male painters by both Palmaroli and the artists of his closest circle.

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