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Still Life with Vase of Flowers and a Puppy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Still Life with Vase of Flowers and a Puppy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

This work and its companion (P6413) belonged to Jean de Croy, Count of Solre and captain of the Flemish Royal Guard of Archers, of which Van der Hamen was a member. Unframed, the two paintings hung in [+]

Flowerpiece
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea
Flowerpiece
Oil on canvas. 1694 - 1700
Belvedere, Andrea

Towards the edges of two moulded stone shelves (P549, P550) rest two bronze vases with broad decorated bases and slender stems embraced, in one case by a group of tritons (P550) and, in the other by, [+]

Magdalena Parrella y Urbieta and her Daughter, Elisa Tapia y Parrella
Oil on canvas. 1850
Ribera y Fieve, Carlos Luis de
Magdalena Parrella y Urbieta and her Daughter, Elisa Tapia y Parrella
Oil on canvas. 1850
Ribera y Fieve, Carlos Luis de

Double portraits of this type, which were common in the mid-nineteenth century, were generally painted when the son or daughter was presented in society. The mother, depicted as seated, represented an [+]

Vase of Flowers decorated with a Triumphal Chariot seen in Profile
Oil on canvas. 1643
Hiepes, Tomás
Vase of Flowers decorated with a Triumphal Chariot seen in Profile
Oil on canvas. 1643
Hiepes, Tomás

This canvas with clearly defined characteristics is paired with another work at the Museo del Prado (P7912) whose shared circumstances help us to appreciate Hiepes’s achievements even more -especially [+]

The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van
The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van

This dramatic scene from the Old Testament (Numbers 21, 5-9) depicts the moment when Moses saves his people from the snakes sent by God as punishment for their lack of faith. The bronze serpent on a r [+]

The Descent from the Cross
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1550
Allori, Alessandro
The Descent from the Cross
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1550
Allori, Alessandro

Christ´s dead body is taken off the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and Saint John the Evangelist. Among the people at his feet are the Virgin Mary, the mother of Joseph —also called Mary— as [+]

The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1743 - 1744
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1743 - 1744
Giaquinto, Corrado

Moses Striking Water from the Rock and The Bronze Serpent are related to frescos on the same subjects in the apse of the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. Those decorations commissioned [+]

Kitchen Boy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
López Caro, Francisco
Kitchen Boy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
López Caro, Francisco

A table bears various earthenware vessels, a portable stove, a bronze mortar and two peppers. At its corner, a boy looks out of the painting. A sausage and a rabbit hang from above. The boy and object [+]

Mariana de Austria in Prayer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)
Mariana de Austria in Prayer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1655
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Workshop Of)

This pair of portraits (P01220 and P01222) combines several aspects of Spanish portraiture of the Baroque period. In principle, the figures of Philip IV and his second wife, Mariana of Austria, are a [+]

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 [+]

The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

El carro triunfal de Baco con todo su cortejo en relación con la hostilidad del rey Penteo aparece en libro III de las Metamorfosis de Ovidio (528 seq.): "(...) Ha llegado Líber; los campos resuenan c [+]

The Death of Seneca
Oil on canvas. 1871
Domínguez Sánchez, Manuel
The Death of Seneca
Oil on canvas. 1871
Domínguez Sánchez, Manuel

Emperor Nero accused his teacher, Seneca, of treason and ordered his execution. Scorning imperial power, the philosopher decided to take his own life. First he cut his veins and then he took poison. I [+]

Still life with kitchenware and asparaguses
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1652
Arias, Ignacio
Still life with kitchenware and asparaguses
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1652
Arias, Ignacio

This still life´s composition and the elements depicted therein make it an excellent example of that genre´s peculiar evolution in the Madrid court during the central decades of the 17th c [+]

Vase of Flowers with a Triumphal Chariot seen frontally
Oil on canvas. 1643
Hiepes, Tomás
Vase of Flowers with a Triumphal Chariot seen frontally
Oil on canvas. 1643
Hiepes, Tomás

Flower painting quickly became a sub-genre of still life painting in which several Spanish artists became specialists. Hiepes was an assiduous proponent throughout his career and he specialized in flo [+]

Charles II in armour
Oil on canvas. 1681
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Charles II in armour
Oil on canvas. 1681
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Charles II was born in 1661, the only son of Philip IV and his second wife (and niece), Mariana of Austria, to survive to adulthood. Charles succeeded his father in 1665 and died without an heir in 17 [+]

Still Life with Vase of Flowers and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Still Life with Vase of Flowers and a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

This work and its companion (P4158) belonged to Jean de Croy, Count of Solre and captain of the Flemish Royal Guard of Archers, of which Van der Hamen was a member. Unframed, the two paintings hung in [+]

Leopoldo de Gregorio, Marquis of Esquilache
Oil on canvas. 1759
Bonito, Giuseppe
Leopoldo de Gregorio, Marquis of Esquilache
Oil on canvas. 1759
Bonito, Giuseppe

This refined portrait is the only one known to date of the Marquis of Esquilache (1699-1785). He accompanied Charles III to Madrid and was appointed Minister of the Treasury. The inkwell and staff of [+]

The Lovers of Teruel
Oil on canvas. 1884
Muñoz Degrain, Antonio
The Lovers of Teruel
Oil on canvas. 1884
Muñoz Degrain, Antonio

Dying of love is a theme often drawn from legendary literature, and was recurrent in nineteenth-century Spanish painting. Beginning with the story Juan Yagüe found in the Archives of the Moot Hal [+]

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