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Mariquiña de Valle-Inclán
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1928
Echevarría Zuricalday, Juan de
Mariquiña de Valle-Inclán
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1928
Echevarría Zuricalday, Juan de

This depiction of the fourth daughter of the famous Galician writer Ramón María del Valle-Inclán is a good example of the small-format portraits of close friends that so notably [+]

Francis Basset, 1st Baron of Dunstanville
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo
Francis Basset, 1st Baron of Dunstanville
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo

This full-length portrait by Pompeo Batoni shows a young English nobleman dressed in a scarlet coat, posing against the Roman countryside. The picture conforms to the Grand Tour portrait model of whic [+]

Portrait of Mr. Storer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1790
Shee, Sir Martin Archer
Portrait of Mr. Storer
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1790
Shee, Sir Martin Archer

The sitter, whose identity is not fully confirmed, is depicted in a fine interior, wearing an elegant frockcoat. He holds a print and a portfolio for prints. These objects, as well as the Greek amphor [+]

Manuel Silvela y García Aragón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1809
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Manuel Silvela y García Aragón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1809
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Manuel Silvela y García de Aragón was born in Valladolid on 31 October 1781. His father died when he was just seven years old. After having spent several years in Ávila under the [+]

Portrait of a Carmelite Friar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Tristán, Luis
Portrait of a Carmelite Friar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Tristán, Luis

This image resembles some of the portraits painted by El Greco, who was Tristán’s master in Toledo for a time: the concentrated gaze with which the sitter faces the viewer, and his intense ener [+]

The Holy Family, Saint Ildephonsus, Saint John the Evangelist and Master Alonso de Villegas
Oil on canvas. 1589
Prado, Blas de
The Holy Family, Saint Ildephonsus, Saint John the Evangelist and Master Alonso de Villegas
Oil on canvas. 1589
Prado, Blas de

A high surface acts as a sort of altar bearing an image of the Virgin and Child with Saint Joseph behind them. Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Ildephonsus stand at a lower level in front, flanking [+]

Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Santiago
Oil on panel. Ca. 1560
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
Portrait of a Knight of the Order of Santiago
Oil on panel. Ca. 1560
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

Purchased by Charles IV, this portrait entered the royal collections in 1814 and was already listed in the Museo del Prado’s catalogs in 1854 as a work by Juan de Juanes. The identity of the sitter ha [+]

Ventura de la Vega
Oil on canvas. 1849
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de
Ventura de la Vega
Oil on canvas. 1849
Madrazo y Kuntz, Federico de

The writer Ventura de la Vega (1807-1865), a leading light in Madrid’s literary and artistic circles, was a close friend of the painter. In this portrait, whilst conveying the sitter’s unstudied elega [+]

Archimedes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Archimedes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The figure’s rough clothing, the activity in which he is engaged and his books indicate an intellectual from the classical world. His identity has been debated. Previously thought to be Aesop or Arist [+]

Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Menippus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Aesop and Menippus are first listed in the inventory of the Torre de la Parada between 1701 and 1703. Among other works, this hunting lodge had a vast cycle of mythological paintings made by Rubens an [+]

The Poet Manuel José Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1806
Ribelles y Helip, José
The Poet Manuel José Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1806
Ribelles y Helip, José

This simple, intimate portrait based on a range of grey tones is one of the few known examples of portraiture in the artist´s work. Ribelles may have known the celebrated poet Quintana in his youth th [+]

Nicolás Omazur
Oil on canvas. 1672
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
Nicolás Omazur
Oil on canvas. 1672
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

Born in Antwerp in 1609, Omazur was a friend and admirer of Murillo’s. He established himself as a merchant in Seville where he wrote poetry and collected painting. The austerity of the image links it [+]

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 [+]

Mrs. MacLean of Kinlochaline
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Raeburn, Henry
Mrs. MacLean of Kinlochaline
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1800
Raeburn, Henry

This expressive portrait that conveys the sitter’s energetic character, described by Samuel Johnson in his Tour of the Hebrides, who also highly praised her beauty. Kinlochaline in Scotland is located [+]

Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Hercules and Cerberus
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

The mythological hero fights against the fearful three-headed dog that guards the Underworld while two figures, possibly the Underworld´s titular gods, Pluto and Proserpina, watch the scene in terror. [+]

Luis de Góngora
Oil on canvas. After 1622
Anonymous (Copy After Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y)
Luis de Góngora
Oil on canvas. After 1622
Anonymous (Copy After Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y)

By 1599, Francisco Pacheco had already begun work on his Libro de descripción de verdaderos retratos de ilustres y memorables varones (Book of Descriptions of True Portraits of Illustrious and [+]

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was one of the most illustrious representatives of the Spanish Enlightenment, a man of letters, writer and poet, as well as a statesman with advanced ideas. Born in Gij&oa [+]

The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis
The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis

This work shows politician, poet, playwright and tutor to Queen Elizabeth II, Manuel José Quntana (Madrid, April 11, 1772- Madrid, March 11, 1857) on the day of his coronation in the Senate as [+]

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