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The Rape of Europe
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Rape of Europe
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Europe turns a last glance at her companions, who are located outside the composition, as Jupiter carries her away. The god was profoundly enamored of her and transformed into a bull in order to appro [+]

The Family of Philip V
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1723
Ranc, Jean
The Family of Philip V
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1723
Ranc, Jean

This is an extremely spontaneous and lively preparatory study for a now lost, larger painting. Seated in an imaginary room in a palace are Philip V and his second wife Isabella Farnese. Around them ar [+]

Adam and Eve reprimanded for their Sin
Oil on canvas. 1771
Bayeu, Francisco
Adam and Eve reprimanded for their Sin
Oil on canvas. 1771
Bayeu, Francisco

Sketch for one of the eight segments of the dome of the collegiate church at La Granja, Segovia. These Old and New Testament scenes (destroyed in 1918) glorified the Holy Trinity. God reprimands Adam [+]

Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Deucalion and Pyrrha
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Humanity´s rebirth after the flood is represented in Greek mythology through the story of Deucalion and Pyrrha. After surviving the disaster, they threw stones over their shoulders, each of which beca [+]

The Triumph of the Eucharist over Idolatry
Oil on panel. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Triumph of the Eucharist over Idolatry
Oil on panel. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul

En 1625 la archiduquesa Isabel Clara Eugenia encargó a Rubens el diseño de una serie de veinte tapices con destino al Monasterio de las Descalzas de Madrid. Tratan el tema de la Eucaristía, dogma prin [+]

Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista

This is a sketch for a no-longer extant painting on canvas intended to decorate a ceiling in a building of the imperial court of Russia, whose memory is preserved in an engraving made by Giambattista& [+]

Blind Man’s Buff
Oil on canvas. 1788
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Blind Man’s Buff
Oil on canvas. 1788
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

A circle of ten Majos and Majas play blind man´s buff on the banks of what may be the Manzanares River. This work is the only sketch for the cartoon Goya painted for a series of playful and gay [+]

The Goddess Cybele offering her Produce to the Earth
Oil on canvas. 1798
Maella, Mariano Salvador
The Goddess Cybele offering her Produce to the Earth
Oil on canvas. 1798
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Sketch for the fresco adorning the ceiling of the Sala de Maria Luisa in the Casa del Labrador at Aranjuez. Beneath Flora in flight is the Earth goddess, Cybele, to whom some farmers pay their respect [+]

Saint Teresa of Avila in Glory
Oil on canvas. 1760 - 1770
Bayeu, Francisco
Saint Teresa of Avila in Glory
Oil on canvas. 1760 - 1770
Bayeu, Francisco

This is a preparatory sketch for a mural of Saint Teresa on clouds, accompanied by other Carmelite nuns. The saint is received by the Virgin, who points to the Holy Trinity. The composition reflects t [+]

Saint Joseph's Dream
Oil on paper attached to cardboard. 1791 - 1792
López Portaña, Vicente
Saint Joseph's Dream
Oil on paper attached to cardboard. 1791 - 1792
López Portaña, Vicente

Saint Joseph’s Dream represent the order received by St Joseph to save the Christ child from the slaughter of the Innocent, and the release of the Liberation of Saint Peter (P03141), was imprisoned by [+]

The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
The Death of Viriatus, Chief of the Lusitanians (preparatory sketch)
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1807
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

This preparatory sketch for the large-scale canvas painted by Madrazo in Rome (also on display in this room) reveals various differences with respect to the final composition. Madrazo gave more space [+]

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
Oil on canvas. 1734
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
Oil on canvas. 1734
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

The Count of Orgaz died in 1323. According to legend, Saint Augustine and Saint Stephen appeared during his burial in the church of Santo Tomé in Toledo where, supporting the Count by the head [+]

The Last Supper
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1794
Maella, Mariano Salvador
The Last Supper
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1794
Maella, Mariano Salvador

Preparatory sketch for a work possibly intended for the private chapel of the Infante Don Antonio Pascual in the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. The composition is very similar to the Last Supper in the Roy [+]

Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

As with the Rape of Hippodamia (P01658), this marriage scene was commissioned from Rubens as part of the mythological cycle drawn from Ovid´s Metamorphoses, which was to serve as the main artistic dec [+]

Allegory of Justice and Peace
Oil on canvas. 1753 - 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado
Allegory of Justice and Peace
Oil on canvas. 1753 - 1754
Giaquinto, Corrado

This allegorical work, signed on the column lying on the ground in the centre of the composition, shows two women in Roman garb sitting on clouds. Representing Justice and Peace, they embrace and seem [+]

The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence

A domestic scene set in classical antiquity. An old man and a youth recline on divans while an attractive young woman plays music on a double flute. Both the clothing and the setting suggest the Greek [+]

Wisdom
Oil on canvas. 1770
Castillo, José del
Wisdom
Oil on canvas. 1770
Castillo, José del

Paired with P07726, P07727 y P07729. These are sketches for cartoons for tapestries intended to adorn the King’s Antechamber known as the “Pieza de Conversación” in the Royal Palace of Madrid. [+]

The Battle of Clavijo
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Battle of Clavijo
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado

Mounted on a white steed and flanked by an angel bearing a flag, Saint James gallops over a multitude of fallen Moors and horses. The battle scene occupies a rocky landscape in the middle ground. This [+]

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