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The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Las Harpías, seres mitológicos mitad mujer mitad pájaro, son perseguidas por Zetes y Calais, los hijos alados de Boreas. Esta historia es narrada por Ovidio pero de manera muy breve en las Metamorfosi [+]

The Virgin and Child between the Theological Virtues and Saints
Oil on canvas. 1669
Coello, Claudio
The Virgin and Child between the Theological Virtues and Saints
Oil on canvas. 1669
Coello, Claudio

Various figures of Virtues and saints are grouped around the Virgin and Child, forming an extensive “sacra conversazione”. The infant Saint John the Baptist is easily recognisable, as are Saint Elizab [+]

The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. First half of the XVII century
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. First half of the XVII century
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

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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 Par [+]

The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on panel. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David
The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on panel. 1647
Teniers The Younger, David

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John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1610
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1610
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

En medio de un paisaje pedregoso y bajo la amenaza de un cielo de tormenta, san Juan Evangelista y san Juan Bautista se presentan en primer término y en actitud de dialogar. Cada uno aparece con la in [+]

The Holy Family surrounded by Saints
Oil on panel. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Holy Family surrounded by Saints
Oil on panel. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Peter Paul

The Virgin sits with the Christ Child in the midst of grandiose classical architecture. She is surrounded by numerous saints in various positions. Above her, some angels prepare to crown her as Queen [+]

The Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on oak panel. XVI century
Bosch, Hieronymus (Copy)
The Temptations of Saint Anthony
Oil on oak panel. XVI century
Bosch, Hieronymus (Copy)

El santo arrebatado en los aires por demonios y, en tierra, rodeado de monstruos grotescos. Es copia reducida con algunas variantes, como P2051, de una portezuela del tríptico de Lisboa. [+]

Stephen of Châtillon, Bishop of Diè, Preaching to the People
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Stephen of Châtillon, Bishop of Diè, Preaching to the People
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

The Temptations of Saint Anthony Abbot
Oil on panel. 1543 - 1550
Coecke Van Aelst, Pieter
The Temptations of Saint Anthony Abbot
Oil on panel. 1543 - 1550
Coecke Van Aelst, Pieter

Saint Anthony is tempted by the Devil, transformed into a beautiful naked woman accompanied by a witch. The burning city in the background, the monsters and other elements are derived from Bosch (c. 1 [+]

Coffered Ceiling
Polychromed, Carved. Ca. 1400
Anonymous
Coffered Ceiling
Polychromed, Carved. Ca. 1400
Anonymous

The principal beams are decorated with secular scenes, including dances, jousts or men fighting monsters, and with the coats-of-arms of Castile and León and those of the Luna and Rojas families [+]

Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules and the Hydra
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

The inhabitants of Lerna were terrorized by a multiheaded serpent that left a path of destruction behind. The creature was impossible to defeat because every time it lost one head, two grew in its pla [+]

The Creation
Oil on panel. S XV - XVI century
Bosch, Hieronymus (Workshop Of)
The Creation
Oil on panel. S XV - XVI century
Bosch, Hieronymus (Workshop Of)

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Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The literary source for the Furies is Ovid´s Metamorphoses (IV, 447-464) and Virgil´s Aeneid (VI, 457-8), which recounts the eternal sufferings in Hades of Tityus, whose liver was devoured by a vultur [+]

The Triumph of Saint Augustine
Oil on canvas. 1664
Coello, Claudio
The Triumph of Saint Augustine
Oil on canvas. 1664
Coello, Claudio

Raised on a cloud, Saint Augustine (354-430) triumphantly combats Hell and Paganism, symbolised by the dragon and classical sculpture below. The compositional dynamism is emphasised by the sinuous for [+]

Saint George and the Dragon
Oil on canvas. 1606 - 1608
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saint George and the Dragon
Oil on canvas. 1606 - 1608
Rubens, Peter Paul

According to Jacopo de la Voragine´s Golden Legend, Saint George slew the dragon that was terrorizing the people of Silene, saving a princess in peril. In this painting, the Christian hero rides a liv [+]

The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Teniers The Younger, David
The Temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Teniers The Younger, David

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Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

La historia de Cadmo y la aparición de Minerva aparece en el libro III de las Metamorfosis (95-114): "(...) Mientras el vencedor calcula el tamaño del enemigo vencido, se oyó de repente una voz; no er [+]

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