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The Crowning with Thorns
Oil on slate. 1590 - 1598
Bassano, Leandro
The Crowning with Thorns
Oil on slate. 1590 - 1598
Bassano, Leandro

The composition is derived from a Cristo incoronato di Spine done by Jacopo Bassano towards 1589-1590 (Rome, private collection), in which Ballarin clearly sees the influence of Titian´s Christ Crowne [+]

Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Abundance, personified by Ceres, goddess of fertility and agriculture, sits in front of a thicket of reeds at the edge of a forest. She has adorned her hair with wheat spikes -her attribute- and bears [+]

Venus with the signs of Libra and Taurus
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
Venus with the signs of Libra and Taurus
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

The planet Venus, accompanied by a torch-bearing child, represents the morning star. Behind them, a fragment of the Zodiac presents the signs of Libra and Taurus. At the top, a winged figure rests his [+]

Eternal Happiness (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1813
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
Eternal Happiness (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1813
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

This is a modellino for the canvas commissioned by Charles IV during his exile in Rome for the ceiling of a room in the Palazzo di Spagna. The artist and his royal client’s tastes are revealed in the [+]

Vault with the Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy
Fresco-secco, Fresco painting on wall covering. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca
Vault with the Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy
Fresco-secco, Fresco painting on wall covering. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca

The vault of the former Hall of Ambassadors at the Buen Retiro Palace, constructed alongside the former Royal Quarters of San Jerónimo at the behest of the Count-Duke of Olivares as a royal res [+]

Perseus freeing Andromeda
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1641
Rubens, Peter Paul; Jordaens, Jacob
Perseus freeing Andromeda
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1641
Rubens, Peter Paul; Jordaens, Jacob

As punishment for the vanity of Cassiopeia, who thought herself more beautiful than the Neriads, Poseidon, god of the seas, sent a monster to the kingdom of Ethiopia. Its fury could only be detained i [+]

Sketch for Allegory of the Institution of the Order of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1827 - 1828
López Portaña, Vicente
Sketch for Allegory of the Institution of the Order of Charles III
Oil on canvas. 1827 - 1828
López Portaña, Vicente

This preparatory sketch for the ceiling of Charles III’s former bedroom at the Royal Palace in Madrid depicts the Institution of the Order of Charles III following the birth of the King’s first male g [+]

Diogenes searching for a Man
Oil on canvas. 1645 - 1655
Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto
Diogenes searching for a Man
Oil on canvas. 1645 - 1655
Castiglione, Giovanni Benedetto

An inquiring and original artist, as well as an extraordinary draughtsman, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione travelled throughout much of Italy (besides his native Genoa, he worked in Rome, Mantua, Venic [+]

Prometheus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan
Prometheus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan

La historia de Prometeo, narrada en la obra Prometeo encadenado del poeta griego Esquilo y en la Teogonía del también poeta Hesiodo, cuenta como Prometeo robó el fuego de los dioses para dárselo a los [+]

Fire
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Palomino y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio
Fire
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Palomino y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio

The allegory takes place in a setting of dark foliage that partly conceals a grotto -the forge of Vulcan- while the sea horizon on the other side is dominated by the crater of a volcano. In the foregr [+]

Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

The mythological hero fights against the fearful three-headed dog that guards the Underworld while two figures, possibly the Underworld´s titular gods, Pluto and Proserpina, watch the scene in terror. [+]

Ceres in the House of Hecuba
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1605
Elsheimer, Adam (And Workshop)
Ceres in the House of Hecuba
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1605
Elsheimer, Adam (And Workshop)

Este pequeño cobre, que en un principio perteneció a Pedro Pablo Rubens y entró a formar parte de las colecciones españolas antes de 1645, representa un episodio de iconografía muy rara, narrado por O [+]

Allegory of Dawn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1819
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio
Allegory of Dawn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1819
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio

The allegories, The Hours of the Day, were painted in 1819 by José de Madrazo in Rome just before his return to Spain, to be used in the decoration of the small palace in Madrid known as Casino [+]

The Goddess Juno entering the Realm of Sleep
Oil on canvas. 1829
López Piquer, Luis
The Goddess Juno entering the Realm of Sleep
Oil on canvas. 1829
López Piquer, Luis

This is a preliminary oil sketch for the ceiling of the ante-chamber of Ferdinand VII’s bedroom in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Hymen, bearer of the flame of chaste love and the nuptial torch, leads th [+]

Summer
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Summer
Oil on canvas. 1805 - 1806
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Disguised as a peasant woman accompanied by reapers, the Earth goddess, Ceres, is shown with her attributes, the torch and a sheaf of corn. The lightning in the sky may allude to Zeus, her brother and [+]

Pandora (?)
Pencil, Grey-brown wash on laid paper. Second half of the XVIII century
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Pandora (?)
Pencil, Grey-brown wash on laid paper. Second half of the XVIII century
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

La composición del dibujo se enmarca en un óvalo. En él se representa en pie a Pandora, apoyada en una caja de forma de urna con la llave en la mano derecha, con la cabeza doblada, pensativa, sobre la [+]

Cupid
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, White lead, Wash on tinted paper. Second third of the XVI century
Salviati, Francesco (Francesco De' Rossi) (Attributed To)
Cupid
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, White lead, Wash on tinted paper. Second third of the XVI century
Salviati, Francesco (Francesco De' Rossi) (Attributed To)

According to the opinion of Turner, the style is typical of Salviati, especially in the treament of the curvilinear flames that spurt out from the torch´s end. [+]

Saint Dominic de Guzmán
Black chalk, Red chalk on dark toned paper. XVII century
Rizi, Francisco
Saint Dominic de Guzmán
Black chalk, Red chalk on dark toned paper. XVII century
Rizi, Francisco

El Santo aparece arrodillado sobre una grada; parece adoptar el gesto de asir con su mano derecha el Rosario que le ofrece la Virgen, cuya silueta aparece sólo apuntada en el lado izquierdo de la comp [+]

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