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The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This evangelical episode is divided into two overlapping horizontal zones joined by the dove, which symbolizes the Holy Ghost. On the earthly plane, Christ, nude but for his loincloth, is framed by a [+]

The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. 1509 - 1519
Flandes, Juan de
The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. 1509 - 1519
Flandes, Juan de

Documents at Palencia Cathedral cast light on this Crucifixion’s original location -the central row of the main altarpiece at that cathedral- and its author: Juan de Flandes (doc. 1496-1519). They als [+]

Self-portrait of the Artist in his Studio
Oil on canvas. 1775 - 1778
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Self-portrait of the Artist in his Studio
Oil on canvas. 1775 - 1778
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

The family of this celebrated Madrid artist was originally French, and his own aesthetic roots lie outside Spain. In this self-portrait we see him sitting in a chair with cabriole legs, dressed in sum [+]

Still Life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
Still Life with Artichokes, Flowers and Glass Vessels
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

This magnificent painting once belonged to Diego Mexía Felípez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés, in whose collection it was inventoried in 1655. This collection of nearly 1300 [+]

The Birth of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María
The Birth of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María

The delicate figure of Venus, goddess of love and beauty, rises out of the waves on a large scallop shell supported by naiads crowned with seaweed. Using a refined technique, Esquivel respects the cla [+]

Theodoric, King of the Visigoths
Oil on canvas. 1635
Castello, Félix
Theodoric, King of the Visigoths
Oil on canvas. 1635
Castello, Félix

This canvas was part of an unfinished series of Visigoth monarchs painted for the Buen Retiro Palace, which also included works by Vicente Carducho, Jusepe Leonardo, Antonio Pereda and Andrés L [+]

The Virgin and Child, known as the Durán Virgin
Oil on panel. 1435 - 1438
Weyden, Rogier Van Der
The Virgin and Child, known as the Durán Virgin
Oil on panel. 1435 - 1438
Weyden, Rogier Van Der

The panel has been trimmed on all four sides but little of the painted surface can have been lost. It is made from two boards of Baltic oak, both from the same tree; the last ring was formed in 1372. [+]

The Haywain Triptych
Oil on panel. 1512 - 1515
Bosch, Hieronymus
The Haywain Triptych
Oil on panel. 1512 - 1515
Bosch, Hieronymus

Bosch thus shows how man, irrespective of his social class or place of origin, is so possessed by the desire to enjoy and acquire material possessions that he allows himself to be deceived or seduced [+]

Saint Dominic and the Albigensians
Oil on panel. 1493 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro
Saint Dominic and the Albigensians
Oil on panel. 1493 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro

In the Middle Ages, the “trial by fire” was used as a means of establishing the truth; miracles thus prevailed over rational arguments. Here, one of Saint Dominic’s books is placed in the fire togethe [+]

Weapons and Hunting Equipment
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Victoria, Vicente
Weapons and Hunting Equipment
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Victoria, Vicente

Although this painting bears a curious apocryphal signature in large letters at the lower left corner of the canvas, Pérez Sanchez (1983) attributed it to Victoria in 1983 on the basis of its V [+]

Saint Augustine vanquishing the Plague of Locusts
Oil on canvas. 1734
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Saint Augustine vanquishing the Plague of Locusts
Oil on canvas. 1734
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

In 1268 the inhabitants of Toledo (the townspeople on the left, the clergy in the centre and the nobility on the right) processed out of the city down to the river to implore Saint Augustine to help t [+]

Juan Martínez Montañés
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Juan Martínez Montañés
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A sculptor is shown modeling (possibly in wax) a head of Philip IV, making this one of the most important 17th-century Spanish portraits of an artist. Besides its impeccable quality, this work is a ve [+]

Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María

Availing himself of trompe l’oeil, the painter portrays himself at the age of 26 in an oval-shaped painting placed on a table surrounded by various items alluding to the theory and practice of the art [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all the prestige of the co [+]

Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. 1895
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. 1895
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio

Obsessed by his own image, Pinazo made many self-portraits. Here, the intense light streaming in from the left outlines his face with a marked chiaroscuro, heightened by the shadow cast by the hat. Th [+]

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 Wine of Saint Martin's Day
Glue-size on twill / twill weave canvas. 1566 - 1567
Bruegel The Elder, Pieter
The Wine of Saint Martin's Day
Glue-size on twill / twill weave canvas. 1566 - 1567
Bruegel The Elder, Pieter

Practically unknown until now, the present canvas has only been mentioned and reproduced in an article by Matías Díaz Padrón, former curator at the Prado, that was published in Ar [+]

The Virgin of the Rosary
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Virgin of the Rosary
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1655
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In 1836, the English critic John Ruskin lavished praise on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s technique and identified the uniqueness of his approach: It is true that his Virgins are never such goddes [+]

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