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Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Abundance, personified by Ceres, goddess of fertility and agriculture, sits in front of a thicket of reeds at the edge of a forest. She has adorned her hair with wheat spikes -her attribute- and bears [+]

Still Life with a Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells
Oil on panel. 1611
Peeters, Clara
Still Life with a Sparrow Hawk, Fowl, Porcelain and Shells
Oil on panel. 1611
Peeters, Clara

This painting, together with Still life with Fish, Candle, Artichokes, Crabs and Shrimp, also in the Prado (P1621), is very likely identical to a picture first documented when it was in the Spanish ro [+]

Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de
Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de

With the owners or house servants away, the animals sneak into the larder, giving free rein to their instincts. This leads to a fight. Scenes of animal fights in domestic settings were customary in mi [+]

Mule Train and Gypsies in a Forest
Oil on copperplate. 1612
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Mule Train and Gypsies in a Forest
Oil on copperplate. 1612
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

A group of travelers stop to rest, sitting together in the road. One of them speaks to a muleskinner, who leads a caravan of loaded mules. A very broad landscape unfolds on the left. In this painting, [+]

Country Wedding
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1612
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Country Wedding
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1612
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

A wedding procession moves towards the church in a rural setting. The male members of both families lead the procession, headed by the groom. The flower in his hand is clearly a symbol of matrimony. T [+]

Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1646
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1646
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

In 1724, Antonio Palomino, who had been Juan Carreño de Miranda’s disciple, included his teacher’s biography in his Parnaso español pintoresco y laureado. Their close relationship makes [+]

Concert of the Birds
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Snyders, Frans
Concert of the Birds
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Snyders, Frans

In this composition, various species of birds perched on the branches of a tree -a stork, an eagle, a red macaw, etc.- sing around a musical score. As in many of Frans Snyders’ compositions, the large [+]

Earthly Paradise
Oil on panel. Ca. 1620
Brueghel el Joven, Jan
Earthly Paradise
Oil on panel. Ca. 1620
Brueghel el Joven, Jan

Como es habitual en Jan Brueghel el Joven, el modelo iconográfico para esta composición se encuentra en los paisajes de Adán y Eva en el Paraíso inventados por su padre, Jan Brueghel el Viejo, si bien [+]

Taste, Hearing and Touch
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1620
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Taste, Hearing and Touch
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1620
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

The dinner guests occupying the center of the composition symbolize the senses. Music and the singing children are hearing, and the young woman petting a mink is touch. The young woman preparing to ea [+]

The Animals entering Noah’s Ark
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte)
The Animals entering Noah’s Ark
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte)

This painting is Jacopo´s first depiction of the passage from Genesis 6:20 and the only one in which the theme is treated separately rather than as part of a series depicting the story of Noah. Jacopo [+]

The Holy Family of Cardinal Fernando de’ Medici
Oil on canvas. 1584
Allori, Alessandro
The Holy Family of Cardinal Fernando de’ Medici
Oil on canvas. 1584
Allori, Alessandro

Cardinal Fernando de’ Medici gave this canvas to the Minorite seminary of San Francisco de Paula, the saint who kneels in the foreground. The seminary, in Alcalá de Henares, was founded by the [+]

Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. 1788 - 1789
Carnicero, Antonio
Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. 1788 - 1789
Carnicero, Antonio

Saint Francis´s sermon to the birds is one of the most popular episodes from his life. In his biography of that saint (chapter XXI, 58), Celano narrates the event that occurred near Menavia in t [+]

Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans
Orpheus and the Animals
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van; Snyders, Frans

This scene is inspired by a passage from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. Orpheus, the mythological Greek musician and poet, sung and played the lyre so sublimely that all the animals, even t [+]

The Recognition of Phililpoemen
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1609
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans
The Recognition of Phililpoemen
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1609
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans

According to Plutarch, Philopoemen, a strategist and general of the Aequian League that fought against Sparta, visited the city of Megara. Because of his unassuming, humble appearance, the lady of the [+]

Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1630
Snyders, Frans
Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1630
Snyders, Frans

In the composition, an owl on a branch directs a chorus of fifteen other types of birds while holding a score between its feet. Such images of different species of birds perched on tree trunks, someti [+]

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