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Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Humanity´s rebirth after the flood is represented in Greek mythology through the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha. After surviving the disaster, they threw stones over their shoulders, each of which became a new being. This story is told by the classical poet, Ovid, in his Metamorphoses. This painting is a sketch by Rubens for a painting —now lost— by Jan Cossiers for the Torre de la Parada. Rubens w

The Genius of Painting
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Mehus, Lieven
The Genius of Painting
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Mehus, Lieven

Born in Flanders, Livio Mehus moved to Milan at a young age and is thus often considered an artist of the Italian school. He is recorded in Rome at the age of fourteen and later in Florence, Lucca and around Genoa. He also worked successively in Piamonte and Lombardy. There is ample documentation of his activity as a painter of frescoes and oils, an expert on northern Italian painting and a restor

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 cuenta su historia en el libro VIII de las Metamorfosis (185-235): "(...) el muchacho empezó a recrearse en su atrevido vuelo, abandonó a su guía y, arrastrado por sus ansias de cielo, remontó el vuelo. La

Saint Peter
Oil on panel. 1536 - 1538
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
Saint Peter
Oil on panel. 1536 - 1538
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

This work´s existence and interest were noticed by Valencian specialist and director of that city´s Museum of Fine Arts, Fernando Benito Domenech. That museum´s Juan de Juanes exhibition in 2000 included this panel and convincingly related it to the Saint Eligius Altarpiece, which the Valencian Silversmiths´ Guild had commissioned for the church of Santa Catalina in 1534. That contract called for

Blind Man’s Buff
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1889
Jiménez Aranda, José
Blind Man’s Buff
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1889
Jiménez Aranda, José

During his time in Paris, Jiménez Aranda regularly produced tableautins (small, precisely painted works on eighteenth-century themes). The detailed description of the figures here contrasts with a freer approach to the background trees, revealing the artist’s powers as a landscape painter and the influence of French naturalism, which would determine his subsequent evolution.

Cephalus and Procris
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Fearing she was a victim of infidelity, Procris followed her beloved Cephalus to a clearing in the woods, where he was resting during a hunting expedition. The young woman´s jealousy led her to her death when Cephalus mistook her for wild game and shot her with an arrow. Rubens chose to depict that story from Ovid´s Metamorphoses in this preparatory sketch for a painting intended to decorate the T

Tereus' Banquet
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Tereus' Banquet
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Tereus, King of Thrace and wife of Procne, raped his sister-in-law, Philomela, cutting out her tongue in order to avoid being denounced. But when Philomela weaves a tapestry, her sister Procne discovers the atrocious event. In vengeance, she kills Tereus´ son, serving it to him in a macabre banquet. The story is based on Ovid´s Metamorphoses (Book VI). Rubens chose to depict the exact moment when,

The Rape of Hippodamia
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
The Rape of Hippodamia
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Like Fortuna (P1674) and the Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (P1634), the Rape of Hippodamia was part of the massive cycle of mythologies designed by Peter Paul Rubens in 1636-37 for the Torre de la Parada, Philip IV´s newly constructed hunting lodge on the outskirts of Madrid. The oil sketch for this picture, now in Brussels (Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique), was largely replicated in the

Southern Landscape with Shepherds beneath a Ruined Arch
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1647
Asselijn, Jan
Southern Landscape with Shepherds beneath a Ruined Arch
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1647
Asselijn, Jan

This scene belongs to the type of Italianate landscape which Asselijn cultivated in Holland based on drawings and sketches made from the life during his stay in Rome. Blankert (1965) dates the work to 1648. However, Steland-Stief (1971) believes it to have been painted around 1647, the first year Asselijn is documented in Amsterdam after returning from Italy, on account of the stylistic similarity

Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

In classical mythology, Silenus was the guardian of forests. He was supposed to raise Bacchus when the latter was a child. Rubens depicts him in the customary manner: with goat ears and a scraggly beard, alluding to his condition as a wild being, and clothed only in buckskin. The mask on which he is leaning recalls his ties to the world of theater, as a Bacchic and festive deity. Rubens once again

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 Apollo gave him as a symbol of agreement and reconciliation. The god´s anatomy and the use of paint give this figure a sculptural appearance, showing Rubens capacity to depict on canvas some of the m

Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. 1651
Anonymous
Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. 1651
Anonymous

This attractive and singular mid-17th-century Spanish still life was originally thought to be by Antonio de Pereda, due to its similarity to two canvases at the Museo de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, which he signed and dated in 1651. However, notwithstanding its approximate resemblance to Pereda’s creations, a convincing attribution has yet to be encountered. Foodstuffs and utensils are scattered in com

The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

El carro triunfal de Baco con todo su cortejo en relación con la hostilidad del rey Penteo aparece en libro III de las Metamorfosis de Ovidio (528 seq.): "(...) Ha llegado Líber; los campos resuenan con gritos de alborozo; corre el gentío; matronas y muchachas mezcladas con hombres, la chusma y los grandes señores acuden al nuevo culto. "¿Qué locura, hijos de la serpiente, prole de Marte, ha aturd

The Flight into Egypt
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Flight into Egypt
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This small panel -it is practically a miniature- is truly exceptional among El Greco’s works. In it, he employs landscape as an essential compositional element while simultaneously demonstrating his mastery of the techniques and expressive resources of 16th-century Venetian painting. The Holy Family is depicted on its journey to Egypt, fleeing the persecution of Herod, who decreed the execution of

The Ford
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1644
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
The Ford
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1644
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

Es el cuadro más avanzado en la evolución de la obra de Claudio de Lorena que posee el Museo del Prado. Formaba pareja con otro lienzo perdido o destruido a comienzos del siglo XIX. En el inventario de la colección de Felipe V en La Granja se lee: Dos países en lienzo de Claudio de Lorena, el uno con un río que van vadeando unos bueyes hacia una fábrica o portal de columnas y el otro con otro río

Still Life with Fruit and Game
Oil on canvas. 1651
Anonymous
Still Life with Fruit and Game
Oil on canvas. 1651
Anonymous

Unlike its pendant (P7762), which reflects a more urban setting, the present painting conveys a more rustic atmosphere. A roughly woven basket with fruit—especially grapes, which drape over the front—is accompanied by a melon, one slice of which rests in front of the basket. A hare and various birds rest on, or hang over, a stone block, flanked by a bloody knife and a loaf of bread, all on an unmi

The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

La caída de los gigantes es un episodio brevemente narrado por Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis, Libro I (151-155), en la cual los gigantes que habitaban la tierra querían llegar al cielo y por ello fueron castigados por los dioses: "(...) Y para que el elevado cielo no estuviera más seguro que la tierra, los Gigantes, se dice, aspiraron al reino celestial, y levantaron montañas apiladas hasta las altas

The Temptations of Saint Anthony Abbot
Oil on oak panel. 1510 - 1515
Bosch, Hieronymus (Workshop Of)
The Temptations of Saint Anthony Abbot
Oil on oak panel. 1510 - 1515
Bosch, Hieronymus (Workshop Of)

Saint Anthony, whom the artist has been able to place in the immediate foreground of this panel by using a landscape format, closely resembles the saint depicted in the Saint Anthony triptych in Lisbon; he is wearing the same habit, the distinctive cape bearing the Tau cross and the customary rosary with a little bell. This large-scale figure, occupying most of the available space on the left of t

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