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

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 [+]

Two Wrestlers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Fracanzano, Cesare
Two Wrestlers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Fracanzano, Cesare

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vaccaro, Andrea (Attributed To)
Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vaccaro, Andrea (Attributed To)

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis
Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis

The frieze arrangement of the figures places this work in the painter`s classical phase, which began in 1594, the same year as the date on this painting. In Van Thiel`s view, it could be the picture w [+]

The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob
The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob

La caída de los gigantes es un episodio brevemente narrado por Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis, Libro I (151-155), en la cual los gigantes que habitaban la tierra querían llegar al cielo y por ello fueron [+]

Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A masterpiece in the history of Western landscape painting, in which Velázquez set out his idea of landscape without any narrative excuse to justify it, this Roman scene and its companion work [+]

Christ’s Descent into Limbo
Oil on canvas. 1516
Piombo, Sebastiano del
Christ’s Descent into Limbo
Oil on canvas. 1516
Piombo, Sebastiano del

Wearing a white tunic and bearing the standard of victory, Christ leans toward Adam and Eve who, nude, hope to be rescued from Limbo and taken to the Kingdom of Heaven. This passage appears in the Apo [+]

Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas
Landscape with Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Poussin, Nicolas

Nicolas Poussin has a curious relation to the Buen Retiro Palace. Úbea considers him the determinant artist among all those who took part in its decorative project. That could explain why he wa [+]

The Ommegang in Brussels: Procession of Guilds
Oil on canvas. 1616
Alsloot, Denis Van
The Ommegang in Brussels: Procession of Guilds
Oil on canvas. 1616
Alsloot, Denis Van

Desfile, por la plaza de Bruselas, de los gremios de la ciudad, con sus insignias y gran número de cofrades; desde galerías y balcones presencian la comitiva numerosos espectadores. El fondo es la Gra [+]

Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

The scene represents a passage from Ovid´s Metamophoses. After killing the monstrous Python, Apollo falls victim to one of Cupid´s arrows, which inflames his impossible love of Jupiter´s daughter, Dap [+]

Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter
Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter

Hipómenes y Atalanta es uno de los episodios de amor que aparecen en este ciclo. La historia aparece en las Metamorfosis en el Libro X (560-707), donde Venus se la cuenta a Adonis en uno de sus paseos [+]

Apollo and Daphne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van
Apollo and Daphne
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Thulden, Theodoor Van

Ovidio cuenta la transformación de Dafne en árbol en el libro I de las Metamorfosis (452-552): "(...) El primer amor de Febo fue Dafne, la hija de Peneo, un amor que no produjo el ignorante azar, sino [+]

The Buffoon El Primo
Oil on canvas. 1644
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Buffoon El Primo
Oil on canvas. 1644
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

El retrato sedente, con las piernas hacia el espectador, subraya la cortedad del personaje, cubierto con una indumentaria de rico cromatismo, en la que destacan los rojos y los verdes. Esa riqueza cro [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

El rapto de Europa por parte de Júpiter lo narra Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis en el libro II (838-875): "(...)Se atrevió también la princesa, sin saber a quién montaba, a sentarse sobre el lomo del toro [+]

The Death of Lucretia
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVI century
Cambiaso, Luca (Attributed To)
The Death of Lucretia
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVI century
Cambiaso, Luca (Attributed To)

The Roman patrician lady Lucretia killed herself after being raped by the son of the King of Rome, an act that brought about the fall of the monarchy and the proclamation of the Republic in 510 B. C. [+]

Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter

Esta desgraciada historia de amor aparece en el libro VII, (835-841) de las Metamorfosis. La celosa Procris espió a su marido, del cual sospechaba le era infiel. Así, escondida entre los matorrales mu [+]

Isabella of France, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Pourbus el Joven, Frans
Isabella of France, Queen of Spain
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Pourbus el Joven, Frans

Isabella of Bourbon (1602-1644), daughter of Henry IV of France and Marie de Medici, was married by proxy to the heir to the Spanish throne, the future Philip IV, in 1615. At the same time, her brothe [+]

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