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Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel, Antonio María
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel, Antonio María

El maestro sevillano se retrata de busto ante un fondo neutro, vistiendo una sencilla levita con cuello de terciopelo y corbata de lazo. Peinado con su abundante cabellera algo alborotada y su caracte [+]

The Fall of Lucifer
Oil on canvas. 1840
Esquivel, Antonio María
The Fall of Lucifer
Oil on canvas. 1840
Esquivel, Antonio María

Lucifer was one of God´s favorite angels. He was expulsed from Heaven when he rebelled against His power. To represent the subject, Esquivel chose the moment when, with a stern expression, Saint Micha [+]

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 [+]

The Virgin Mary, the Infant Christ and the Holy Spirit with Angels in the background
Oil on canvas. 1856
Esquivel, Antonio María
The Virgin Mary, the Infant Christ and the Holy Spirit with Angels in the background
Oil on canvas. 1856
Esquivel, Antonio María

Antonio María Esquivel´s work provides, undoubtedly, the best example of the unique symbiosis achieved in Spanish religious painting from the romantic period, combining the powerful tradition o [+]

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 [+]

Contemporary Poets. A Reading by Zorilla in the Painter's Studio
Oil on canvas. 1846
Esquivel, Antonio María
Contemporary Poets. A Reading by Zorilla in the Painter's Studio
Oil on canvas. 1846
Esquivel, Antonio María

The most famous of Esquivel´s pieces and a leading work of Spanish Romanticism. Considered the maximum graphical testimony to the intellectual atmosphere during the reign of Isabel II (1830 - 1904), t [+]

Raimundo Roberto and Fernando José, the Sons of Infanta Josefa Fernanda of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1855
Esquivel, Antonio María
Raimundo Roberto and Fernando José, the Sons of Infanta Josefa Fernanda of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1855
Esquivel, Antonio María

This composition reflects the ideals of José Güell (1818-1884), the boys’ father, a friend of the artist and a writer and liberal journalist. The fact that the sitters are freeing some gol [+]

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 [+]

Rafaela Flores Calderón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María
Rafaela Flores Calderón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María

The portrait of Rafaela Flores Calderón is part of an anthology of Spanish Romantic child portraits. Rafaela leans on a large empty cage while a gray parrot perches on her left hand. In the bac [+]

Manuel Flores Calderón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María
Manuel Flores Calderón
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María

The portrait of Manuel Flores Calderón is part of an anthology of Spanish Romantic child portraits. Manuel is portrayed in front of a seascape, with two ships on the horizon. He rests his right [+]

The Virgin and Child
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Virgin and Child
Oil on canvas. 1655 - 1660
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

In this painting, the Virgin is seated on a stone bench and is, herself, serving as a throne for the Christ Child, who rests on her right leg. The Virgin and Child are slightly larger than life-size a [+]

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