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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 foreground, two volumes lead to the rest of the scene: on the left are the hunting trophies attained by the nymphs, and on the right, a reclining nymph with her back to the viewer, one of the most se

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 the sign of Cancer. Sitting at the top, a winged figure gazes toward the heavens.This painting and its companions (P306 to P312) are copies of cartoons for the mosaics at the Chigi Chapel in the Roman c

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

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 Fadrique de Toledo y Osorio, I Marquis of Villanueva de Valdueza and Captain General of the Ocean Fleet. He was accompanied by Fleet General Martín de Vallecilla and Admiral Antonio de Oquendo. After

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, Deianira. After the wedding, when it came time to cross the Evinos River that runs through Aetolia, it could not be forded as the water was quite deep. Nessus the Centaur happed to be there and offere

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 and lyrical view of nature helped disseminate the classical ideals of the Carracci`s landscapes.Albani`s The judgement of Paris, c.1650-60, shows the shepherd prince admiring the beauty of three godd

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 hero. The scene is based on book X of Ovid´s Metamorphoses, one of the most important sources of mythology for artists of that time. The composition and pictorial technique in this work are a fine

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 a recurring figure whom Ribera depicted both in the traditional manner, pierced by multiple arrows, and in the less-frequent presentation, being cured of the resulting wounds by Saint Irene. Ribera´s

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

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 and for which Fra Bartolommeo submitted a sketch. In April 1518, Titian received instructions on the subject matter and format of the work along with a drawing, probably that by Fra Bartolommeo. In Octo

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 rape her. In her defense, Hercules mortally wounds Nessus with his arrows, but with his last breath, the centaur tricks Deianira, promising her that if her husband wears his shirt, he will never look

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, models and tapestries make it one of his most important.Thetis entrusted the education of her son Achilles to the boy´s great-grandfather, the wise centaur Chiron, tutor of gods and heroes, who instruct

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 would be disguised as a mythological character, perhaps Apollo. This canvas is one of a group of portraits collected by María Luisa de Orleans (1662-1689), first wife of Carlos II of Spain, which

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 soldiers led by Count Ernst von Mansfeld and Prince Christian of Brunswick. The Catholic League’s victory on August 29, 1622 freed Brussels—governed at that time by Isabel Clara Eugenia—from the threat pose

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

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 Metamorphoses (X, 155-161). He depicts the moment when the eagle catches the young shepherd and lifts him into the air. The diagonal composition has a distinctly ascending sense and the lightening bol

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

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 right hand holds his bow. The loosened bowstring indicates that he has been disarmed; his remaining arrows lie in a quiver discarded on the ground. The subject appears to be a variation of Love tamed

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