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Joseph and the Wife of Putiphar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Joseph and the Wife of Putiphar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

Joseph is a handsome and virtuous slave falsely accused of rape by his master´s wife, whose advances he has rejected. He is imprisoned, but eventually raised to the highest office by Pharaoh (Exodus: [+]

The High Priest Aaron
Oil on panel. 1545 - 1550
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
The High Priest Aaron
Oil on panel. 1545 - 1550
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

Taken together, these three works clearly convey a Eucharistic meaning. They depict Christ holding up the chalice and the Host (P00844), flanked by two Old Testament figures: King Melchizedek, bearing [+]

A Lion and three Wolves
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vos, Paul de
A Lion and three Wolves
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vos, Paul de

As an animal painter Paul de Vos was a follower of his brother-in-law and collaborator Frans Snyders although with a more specialist focus on hunting scenes. Both supplied art lovers and collectors wi [+]

The Prodigal Son receiving his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban
The Prodigal Son receiving his Inheritance
Oil on canvas. 1660 - 1665
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

These are the four surviving preparatory sketches for a series of six canvases now in the National Gallery in Dublin, based on the parable of the Prodigal son (Lc 15). They are partly based on prints [+]

Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Series of Apostles became very popular during the Counter-reformation; they were usually half-length figures against a neutral background, holding their iconographical attributes. One of the most impo [+]

Abundance
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1625
Brueghel el Joven, Jan
Abundance
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1625
Brueghel el Joven, Jan

This type of allegorical representations of abundance or fecundity was very popular among cabinet paintings from this period. Artists such as Rubens, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Hendrick de Clerck and Hen [+]

Portrait of a Woman aged 35
Oil on panel. 1555
Floris, Frans
Portrait of a Woman aged 35
Oil on panel. 1555
Floris, Frans

Floris was the most important history painter in Antwerp in the second half of the sixteenth century, only painting portraits on a few occasions. The sitters -Portrait of a Gentleman Aged 48 (P1516) a [+]

The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Like the portrait of her husband (P01683), Isabel Clara Eugenia, ruler of the Low Countries, is depicted sitting under a red canopy on a balcony open to landscape. In this case, the palace visible in [+]

Allegory of the Birth of the Infante Don Fernando
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1575
Parrasio, Michele
Allegory of the Birth of the Infante Don Fernando
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1575
Parrasio, Michele

This canvas, which the Venetian artist Parrasio sent to Philip II without a prior commission in order to gain the monarch’s favour, celebrates the birth of the heir to the Spanish throne in a mytholog [+]

The Return of the Prodigal Son
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte); Bassano, Francesco
The Return of the Prodigal Son
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte); Bassano, Francesco

This work portrays the well-known New Testament parable (Luke, 15: 11-32) illustrating the repentance of the sinner and the virtues of forgiveness. The pretext for the setting is the banquet given by [+]

Atalanta and Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Atalanta and Meleager hunting the Calydonian Boar
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

As Ovid tells in his Metamorphosis (book VIII, 260-444), the goddess Diana sent a giant wild boar to ravage the kingdom of Calydon. The king´s son, Meleager, and his beloved Atalanta organize a hunt w [+]

Ecce Homo
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
Ecce Homo
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

This direct, frontal depiction of Christ wearing the crown of thorns, his hands tied and holding a reed sceptre, was one of Juanes’s most succesful compositions. The meticulous rendering is reminiscen [+]

Philip II
Oil on panel. Mid-XVIcentury
Heere, Lucas de (Attributed To)
Philip II
Oil on panel. Mid-XVIcentury
Heere, Lucas de (Attributed To)

Allende-Salazar y Sánchez Cantón adjudicaron la paternidad de esta obra al pintor flamenco Lucas de Heere (Gante, 1534-1584). Para su identificación tan sólo contaron con el apoyo del estilo, la edad [+]

Saint Joseph’s Dream
Oil on panel. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca
Saint Joseph’s Dream
Oil on panel. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca

La fe de san José fue probada con el embarazo de María. Como era hombre justo y no quería ponerla en evidencia, resolvió repudiarla en secreto. Así lo había planeado cuando un ángel se le apareció en [+]

Still Life with Chocolate Service
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Chocolate Service
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

When describing the work of this prolific painter of still lifes, it is frequently said that Luis Meléndez included only commonplace objects in his canvases; this painting, in fact, offers the [+]

The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Cabezalero, Juan Martín
The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1665
Cabezalero, Juan Martín

In the shadow of great names like Velázquez, a very interesting school of painting developed in Madrid during the seventeenth century. On occasions, it reached very high levels of quality. One [+]

Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The thin naked torso, the cloth made from rushes, the skull and the book suggest that the figure in the painting is a hermit; the bread crust in the foreground tells us that it is Saint Paul, the firs [+]

Bouquet of Flowers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1780
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Bouquet of Flowers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1780
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

This painting was purchased by Charles IV for his personal collection, but was later transferred to the royal collections. Its facture and composition are similar to those of the works of French paint [+]

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