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Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

Diana the huntress is resting with her court of Nymphs in a clearing in the woods when she is attacked by a group of Satyrs. Rubens turned this painting into a virtuoso exercise in composition. In the [+]

The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro
The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro

In the foreground, Diana holds a bow in her left hand while extracting an arrow from her quiver with the right. The moon appears over her forehead, and behind her, a fragment of the Zodiac includes th [+]

The Recapture of Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Castello, Félix
The Recapture of Saint Christopher
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Castello, Félix

The island of Saint Christopher (modern-day Saint Kitts) in the Lesser Antilles was invaded by the English and French and recaptured by Spanish forces in 1629. The Spanish expedition was led by Fadriq [+]

The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This episode, which illustrates Hercules’s death, was narrated in great detail by Baltasar de Victoria, who tells how the hero killed Nessus the centaur for having attempted to rape Hercules’s bride, [+]

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 [+]

Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale
Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale

Venus, the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, is accidentally wounded by one of her son Cupid´s arrows, which triggers her passion for Adonis. This love story ends with the tragic death of the he [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Over the course of his career, Jusepe de Ribera Spanish repeatedly explored certain devotional subjects, among them Saint Bartholomew, Mary Magdalene, Saint Jerome, and Saint Sebastian. The latter is [+]

The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian´s first contribution to the Camerino d´Alabastro was prompted by the death in October 1517 of Fra Bartolommeo from whom Alfonso d´Este had commissioned a Worship of Venus one year previously an [+]

The Death of the Centaur Nessus
Oil on canvas. 1696 - 1697
Giordano, Luca
The Death of the Centaur Nessus
Oil on canvas. 1696 - 1697
Giordano, Luca

Hercules wades effortlessly across the powerful Euenos River while his wife, the beautiful Deianira, requires the aid of the centaur Nessus to do so. While ferrying her across, the centaur attempts to [+]

The Education of Achilles
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
The Education of Achilles
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 [+]

Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia
Oil on canvas. Late XVII century
Gascar, Henri
Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia
Oil on canvas. Late XVII century
Gascar, Henri

Youth portrait of Victor Amadeo II of Savoy (1666-1732) husband of Ana María de Orleans (1669-1728) and brother-in-law, therefore of Queen María Luisa de Orleans. The person portrayed wo [+]

The Victory at Fleurus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Carducho, Vicente
The Victory at Fleurus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Carducho, Vicente

This painting depicts the battle of Fleurus, near Brussels, which pitted troops from the Catholic League commanded by General Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba against Protestant Union soldie [+]

The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Jupiter was so taken with Ganymede´s beauty that he transformed into an eagle to carry him off to Mount Olympus, where he became his cup-bearer. Rubens drew this story from the classical poet, Ovid´s [+]

Cupid spurning Riches
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1654
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Cupid spurning Riches
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1654
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

Guido Reni`s painting shows a young Cupid facing the viewer, with the seashore behind him, his left leg bent and left foot resting on a slab of stone. Cupid raises his left hand to a dove and with his [+]

Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido
Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido

Guido Reni`s painting shows a young Cupid facing the viewer, with the seashore behind him, his left leg bent and left foot resting on a slab of stone. Cupid raises his left hand to a dove and with his [+]

Cupid
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Copy)
Cupid
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola (Copy)

As he is painted here, Eros is mischievous. Praxiteles, as far as we know, first represented him in a sculpture, around 370-60 BCE; he showed him nude in his sleep, and another time standing, with a b [+]

Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista
Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista

The nakedness required for bathing allowed Diana to discover that the nymph Callisto was pregnant, having been seduced by Jupiter transformed into the goddess of the hunt herself. Within the series of [+]

Deer Hunt, Hermitage of San Baudelio, Casillas de Berlanga (Soria)
Fresco painting on mural transferred to canvas. Ca. 1125
Anonymous
Deer Hunt, Hermitage of San Baudelio, Casillas de Berlanga (Soria)
Fresco painting on mural transferred to canvas. Ca. 1125
Anonymous

This set of mural paintings that adorned the interior of the early eleventh-century Mozarabe church of San Baudelio de Berlanga was taken off the walls and exported to the United States in 1926, where [+]

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