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The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1670
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de
The Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1670
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de

This work has recently been added to the donation made by Plácido Arango. It has been convincingly attributed to Francisco de Herrera the Younger due to the similarities between some of its det [+]

Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo
Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Cerezo, Mateo

The Virgin’s facial type, the confident drawing and the forceful rendering of the spatial planes originally led this work to be attributed to Claudio Coello. But in 1986 more precise knowledge of the [+]

The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Mid-XVIIcentury
Cabezalero, Juan Martín
The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Mid-XVIIcentury
Cabezalero, Juan Martín

The rather monumental conception of this composition was customary for this painter, but here it is due to the fact that he was drawing on a well-known print by Schelte a Boswert that had also been us [+]

The Virgin of Atocha
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
The Virgin of Atocha
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

This surprising canvas presents the image of the Virgin of Atocha, just as she was worshipped on her altar at the Dominican convent dedicated to her on the outskirts of Madrid. This type of votive ima [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1656
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1656
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Today, Juan Carreño, who was appointed Chamber Painter to the King in 1671, is best remembered for his portraits from the court of Charles II, but, in fact, most of his paintings are devotional [+]

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 [+]

Margaret Theresa of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1665 - 1666
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista
Margaret Theresa of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1665 - 1666
Martínez del Mazo, Juan Bautista

Margarita was born on 12 July 1651, the daughter of Philip IV and Mariana of Austria. On 12 December 1666, she married Emperor Leopold of Austria and died seven years later in Vienna. The fact that th [+]

Queen Mariana of Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1670
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Queen Mariana of Austria
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1670
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

After the death of Philip IV in 1665, his widow Mariana (1634-1696) became regent. She is depicted here as both widow and regent in the Hall of Mirrors in the Alcázar in Madrid. The writing imp [+]

Judith and Holofernes
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Copy After Reni, Guido)
Judith and Holofernes
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Copy After Reni, Guido)

Judith stands with a sword in her right hand. She rests her left on Holofernes´s head. This is a faithful copy of a composition by Guido Reni, which was much appreciated in its time and often re [+]

Herod’s Feast (sketch)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Herod’s Feast (sketch)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Herod and Herodias appear at the right of the composition. Sitting at a table painted in foreshortened perspective, they look on—the king with a stupefied expression—as Salome presents them with the p [+]

Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Antolínez, José
Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Antolínez, José

Es pareja de un retrato de similares características que representa a otra niña de edad y rasgos parecidos (P1227), por lo que se supone que eran hermanas. Sus vestidos, con el escote horizontal y las [+]

Eugenia Martínez Vallejo, Naked
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Eugenia Martínez Vallejo, Naked
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

After the death of Velázquez, Carreño showed himself to be the artist most worthy of continuing the depiction of monsters, jesters, and dwarves that inhabited the Spanish court. Inventor [+]

The Duke of Pastrana
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1679
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
The Duke of Pastrana
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1679
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

Here we are presented with a young man, elegantly dressed in black, standing within a landscape beside a horse whose mane is richly adorned with blue ribbons and bows. The man wears his hair very long [+]

Dwarf with a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1645
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Follower Of)
Dwarf with a Dog
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1645
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Follower Of)

The custom of placing the principal figure in a portrait alongside another being that was physically or socially inferior was common practice among artists who portrayed figures from the Spanish court [+]

Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Antolínez, José
Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Antolínez, José

This is the companion to a portrait with similar characteristics that depicts another girl of about the same age with similar features (P1228). The two models may therefore have been sisters. Their dr [+]

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 [+]

The Aranjuez Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1675
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Aranjuez Immaculate Conception
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1675
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

The Museo del Prado has five Immaculate Conceptions by Murillo, who depicted this subject in response to its remarkable popularity in Spain. This devotion became a sign of national identity. This vers [+]

Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1664
Cerezo, Mateo
Kitchen Still Life
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1664
Cerezo, Mateo

A profusion of cooking utensils and hearty meats -game birds fresh from the hunt and not yet dressed, a recently-killed lamb, a calf’s head, and other cuts- are laid out on a work surface, as if the p [+]

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