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Charles IV and his Family honoured by the University of Valencia
Oil on canvas. 1802
López Portaña, Vicente
Charles IV and his Family honoured by the University of Valencia
Oil on canvas. 1802
López Portaña, Vicente

During his visit to Valencia in 1802, the Literary University of the city gave the King this painting which shows the university, personified as a young matron, introducing the royal family to the var [+]

Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

As with the Rape of Hippodamia (P01658), this marriage scene was commissioned from Rubens as part of the mythological cycle drawn from Ovid´s Metamorphoses, which was to serve as the main artistic dec [+]

The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco
The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco

Francesco Albani was a much favoured pupil of Annibale Carracci. His success was partially due to mythological paintings such as The toilet of Venus (P1) and The judgement of Paris (P2), whose refined [+]

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

Proserpine, daughter of the earth goddess Ceres, was kidnapped by Pluto, the god of the underworld. Despite the resistance put up by Minerva, Venus and Diana, their relationship would blossom into lov [+]

The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Spinners, or the Fable of Arachne
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This painting is the result of two acts carried out in different periods. First, Velázquez painted the surface occupied by the figures and the tapestry in the background. Later, in the 18th cen [+]

The Sciences and the Arts
Oil on panel. Ca. 1650
Stalbent, Adriaen Van
The Sciences and the Arts
Oil on panel. Ca. 1650
Stalbent, Adriaen Van

A group of scholars discuss various questions in a room. Some are sitting around tables while others contemplate some of the many paintings and art objects scattered around the room. Depictions of dil [+]

Pietro Maria Rossi, Count of San Secondo
Oil on panel. 1535 - 1538
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola
Pietro Maria Rossi, Count of San Secondo
Oil on panel. 1535 - 1538
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola

Educated as a young man in France and Florence, in 1527 Pier Maria Rossi (1504-1547), Seventh Count of San Secondo, was in the service of Clement VII but that same year entered the employment of Charl [+]

The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista
The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista

The Recapture of Bahía de Todos los Santos was commissioned from Maíno towards the end of 1634. The artist was still working on it on 24 March 1635, date on which he received the first 1 [+]

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 [+]

Achilles discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Achilles discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

A model for the tapestry on the same subject that belongs to a series of eight about the Greek hero. The Story of Achilles is smaller than other projects by Rubens, but the quality of its sketches, mo [+]

Garland of Flowers with Minerva and Mercury
Oil on panel. Ca. 1790
Espinós, Benito
Garland of Flowers with Minerva and Mercury
Oil on panel. Ca. 1790
Espinós, Benito

Espinós structures his composition into three contrasting parts, including a mythological scene with two sculptural Olympian gods in the centre. They are surrounded by a large and colourful gar [+]

Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Religion succoured by Spain (c.1572-75), belongs to the last group of paintings that Titian sent to Philip II in 1576, one year before the artist’s death. As such, it is almost seven decades older tha [+]

The Judgement of Paris
Oil on panel. 1606 - 1608
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Judgement of Paris
Oil on panel. 1606 - 1608
Rubens, Peter Paul

As Homer tells it in The Iliad, Paris the shepherd, son of Priam, had to decide with of the three goddesses —Juno, Venus or Minerva— was the most beautiful, and give her the golden apple Mercury he ha [+]

Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco
Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco

Francisco Bayeu, who came from minor nobility, trained in Zaragoza under José Luzán (who, years later, would also teach Francisco de Goya). However, a decisive change in the young Bayeu´ [+]

Allegory of the Education of Philip III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Tiel, Justus
Allegory of the Education of Philip III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Tiel, Justus

Philip III (1578-1621) was the son of Philip II and his fourth wife, Anne of Austria. Tiel portrays Philip while he was heir to the throne. He is depicted standing, full-length, and wearing an elabora [+]

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was one of the most illustrious representatives of the Spanish Enlightenment, a man of letters, writer and poet, as well as a statesman with advanced ideas. Born in Gij&oa [+]

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 [+]

The Judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

The mythological story of the Judgment of Paris begins with the wedding of Thetis and Peleus, where Eris, goddess of Discord, challenged the most beautiful goddesses to take a golden apple which she t [+]

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