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Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1659 - 1660
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1659 - 1660
Valdés Leal, Juan de

Saint John is presented in the foreground as a young man playing with a lamb -one of his identifying attributes as well as a reference to the Agnus Dei, which is how the Baptist referred to Christ. Th [+]

Masinissa Mourning Over the Death of Sophonisba (?)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico
Masinissa Mourning Over the Death of Sophonisba (?)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico

Within the large series of paintings dedicated to the history of Rome, this work and Meleager’s Hunt (P2320) belong to a small group of scenes from mythology and the history of Antiquity. This is undo [+]

A Slave for Sale
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1897
Jiménez Aranda, José
A Slave for Sale
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1897
Jiménez Aranda, José

A young, completely nude slave sits on a carpet. The sign hanging from her neck bears a Greek inscription (Rose, 18 years old, on sale for 800 coins) that offers her as merchandise at an Oriental mark [+]

Faun (Nude study of a child)
Oil on panel. 1888
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio
Faun (Nude study of a child)
Oil on panel. 1888
Pinazo Camarlench, Ignacio

A young man lies face down on the earth, crowned with grape leaves in the fashion of the god, Bacchus. This mythological touch, which Pinazo developed in part of his oeuvre, shows the influence of his [+]

Garland with the Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1621
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Garland with the Virgin and Child
Oil on panel. Ca. 1621
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

An elaborate garland of flowers, fruit and animals frames a painting representing the Virgin Mary with the Christ Chile on her right arm and a crown of flowers in her left hand. Paintings of the Virgi [+]

Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In 1624, soon after Velázquez`s arrival at court, the political writer Almansa noted that the equestrian order was and is the backbone of republics. This notion was shared by the Spanish monarc [+]

Philip IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Of the equestrian portraits painted for the Hall of Realms, this is the only one with a declaration of authorship. The lower left corner has been a customary place throughout the history of painting f [+]

The Painter Aureliano de Beruete
Oil on canvas. 1902
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín
The Painter Aureliano de Beruete
Oil on canvas. 1902
Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquín

The Painter Aureliano de Beruete is the most outstanding of all the portraits made by Sorolla. In this work he successfully combined the Velázquez inspiration that was a feature of his oeuvre d [+]

Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Along with Philip IV and Velázquez, the third name intimately associated with the Buen Retiro Palace is Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587-1645). When Philip IV took the thro [+]

Bullfight
Oil on canvas. 1867 - 1868
Fortuny, Mariano
Bullfight
Oil on canvas. 1867 - 1868
Fortuny, Mariano

The sketch, almost schematic character of this composition makes this one of the most attractive bullfighting scenes ever painted by Fortuny. It offers a panoramic view of a bullring -probably in Madr [+]

Prometheus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Prometheus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

The mythological hero, Prometheus, was Jupiter´s son. He defied the gods by stealing fire from them and giving it to Humanity in order to improve their life on Earth. This story told by Hesiod in his [+]

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& [+]

Seated Woman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1785
Camarón, José
Seated Woman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1785
Camarón, José

Seated Woman reflects the type of genre scene popular for cabinet paintings in the eighteenth century. Of small format and refined colour, it depicts an exquisitely dressed young woman, her heading re [+]

The chamber of Philip IV in the Buen Retiro Royal Palace
Oil on panel. 1881
Poleró y Toledo, Vicente
The chamber of Philip IV in the Buen Retiro Royal Palace
Oil on panel. 1881
Poleró y Toledo, Vicente

Mariana of Austria, Queen Consort between 1665 and 1675, talks to the Jesuit priest Nithard, her confessor and confidant, in the presence of her son Charles II, still a minor. The scene takes place in [+]

Play Rehearsal
Oil on canvas. 1772 - 1773
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Play Rehearsal
Oil on canvas. 1772 - 1773
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

With its delicate, highly individual style, the work of Luis Paret y Alcázar, an artist whose family was of French origin, unambiguously represents the French Rococo in Spanish art. The career [+]

The Concert
Oil on panel. Ca. 1875
Palmaroli y González, Vicente
The Concert
Oil on panel. Ca. 1875
Palmaroli y González, Vicente

An enormously versatile painter, Palmaroli also produced the small-format paintings known as tableautins popular with collectors at this period. Following Fortuny, his numerous genre scenes deploy a b [+]

Froilán de Berganza
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1798
Maella, Mariano Salvador
Froilán de Berganza
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1798
Maella, Mariano Salvador

The sitter is presented more than three-quarter length, looking directly at the viewer. He stands in a room with a curtain on the right and an end wall with a pilaster. On the table behind him are a s [+]

Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Martínez, Sebastián
Saint Joseph with the Christ Child
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1650
Martínez, Sebastián

Saint Joseph grasps Jesus’s arm to prevent him from taking fruit from the basket. This action is loaded with meaning, given the sacrificial and Eucharistic significance of both the Child’s violet tuni [+]

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