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The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))
The Moon. Diana with the Sign of Cancer
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Facchetti, Pietro (Copy After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio))

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 [+]

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 Recovery of Saint Kitts Island
Oil on canvas. 1634
Castello, Félix
The Recovery of Saint Kitts Island
Oil on canvas. 1634
Castello, Félix

Saint Kitts, Nevis and Sint Eustatius, are Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. After their occupation by the French and English in 1627, they became home bases for pirates. The Spanish expedition [+]

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 - 1519
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Worship of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1518 - 1519
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Titian´s first contribution to the Camerino d´Alabastro was prompted by the death in October 1587 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 [+]

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 [+]

Apollo and the Python
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Apollo and the Python
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Apollo fights the terrible Python to free beautiful Andromeda, who was destined to be one of the victims of this monster. She is sketched in behind the beast. In the air, Cupid shoots his arrows into [+]

The Sense of Touch
Oil on panel. 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Touch
Oil on panel. 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This set of paintings on the five senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) was one of the most successful collaborations of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel “the Elder”. Rubens placed his figure [+]

The Abduction of Helen
Oil on canvas. 1578 - 1579
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
The Abduction of Helen
Oil on canvas. 1578 - 1579
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

Helen’s move from Sparta to Troy is described very differently in the two oldest narratives. In the Iliad, Homer describes Helen’s reticence to abandon Menelaeus, suggesting she was kidnapped by Paris [+]

The Toilet of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Albani, Francesco
The Toilet of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
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 [+]

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