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Still Life with Small Pears, Bread, Flask, Bowl and Dry Leaves
Oil on canvas. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Small Pears, Bread, Flask, Bowl and Dry Leaves
Oil on canvas. 1760
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Sobre una tosca mesa de madera, descrita táctilmente con los pequeños detalles de la calidad del material, visibles en nudos y muescas, aparecen desordenadamente situadas unas cuantas “peritas de San Juan” y un pan en segundo término, junto al cual se eleva una alcarraza de loza muy blanca que bien pudiera ser andaluza. Se denomina popularmente “jarra de cuatro picos” y muestra una decoración de i

Don Quixote Dubbed a Knight
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero
Don Quixote Dubbed a Knight
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero

The scene, with a distinctly genre flavour, depicts a passage from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). The main figure, wearing armour, kneels awaiting to be dubbed a knight; the amusing folk setting around him is far removed from the ceremonial splendour implied by such an event.

Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Oysters, Garlic, Eggs, Pot and Pan
Oil on canvas. 1772
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

This highly original still life presents various oysters in the fore and middle grounds—a relatively infrequent element in Meléndez’s paintings. The foreground is completed by some cloves of garlic and a decorated ceramic plate, probably from Talavera. Behind them, the powerful volume of an enormous copper pot vies for the leading role in this composition. It is tilted, as one edge rests on

Still Life with Box of Jelly, Bread, Salver with Glass and Cooler
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Box of Jelly, Bread, Salver with Glass and Cooler
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Meléndez’s works are characterized by his interest in familiar, everyday realities, which he places in the immediate foreground as if seeking direct contact with the viewer. And yet, in the context of this desire to create a repertoire of common foodstuffs and utensils, we occasionally find a more distinguished and decorative object, less popular than its everyday kitchen surroundings. Here

Table
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1650
Benedetti, Andries
Table
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1650
Benedetti, Andries

On a table partially covered by a green tablecloth, the painter has placed a white cloth, delicate gold-worked jars and glasses that reflect the light, a dish with ham, bread and a large basket of peaches and several types of grapes. There is also a half-peeled lemon, typical of Nordic still-lifes. In the background, there is a large red curtain and a gallery with columns. Charged with symbolic an

Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The saint in this painting can be identified by the knife in his right hand - the tool with which he was skinned. The work is part of a set of four hermits, although it is unusual to see this saint represented in a penitent manner, in a landscape, devoting himself to meditation and contemplation. The painting is among a group of eight full-length single-figure composition of saints by Ribera that

The Last Supper
Oil on panel. 1555 - 1562
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)
The Last Supper
Oil on panel. 1555 - 1562
Juanes, Juan de (Vicente Juan Masip)

Painted for the base of the main altarpiece of San Esteban in Valencia (P00838, P00839, P00840, P00841 and P00842), Inspired by Leonardo, both in the definition of the space and in the eloquent expressiveness of the apostles, it also shows Juanes’s close relationship with Raphael. In keeping with traditional iconography in Spain, he focussed the scene on Jesus, serene and triumphant at the moment

Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de
Cats fighting in a Larder
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1640
Vos, Paul de

With the owners or house servants away, the animals sneak into the larder, giving free rein to their instincts. This leads to a fight. Scenes of animal fights in domestic settings were customary in mid-seventeenth-century Flemish painting. They were also frequent in the literature of proverbs, where they were interpreted as moral allusions to the abandonment of responsibilities and their consequen

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

The Picnic
Oil on canvas. 1776
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Picnic
Oil on canvas. 1776
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This tapestry cartoon represents a popular scene of Majos and Majas on the banks of Madrid´s Manzanares River. The Hermitage of the Virgin of the Port is just visible behind a group of trees on the right. Worthy of mention in this work are the still life in the foreground and the amorous play among the orange-seller and the Majos. The resultant tapestry was intended to hang in the dining roo

The Last Supper
Oil on canvas. 1593 - 1594
Carracci, Agostino
The Last Supper
Oil on canvas. 1593 - 1594
Carracci, Agostino

Together with his brother Annibale and his cousin Ludovico, Agostino Carracci founded the so-called Accademia degli Incamminati in Bologna. Its teachings promoted the study of nature and the work of the great Renaissance masters in order to avoid the overly-complex forms of Mannerist painting. While the colouring and handling of this canvas are influenced by Tintoretto, the monumental figures of t

Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Partridges, Onions, Garlic and Vessels
Oil on canvas. Last third of the XVIII century
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Hunting subjects are rare in Meléndez's work. Here, two multicolored partridges are the composition's main theme. Alongside them, in the foreground, are two cloves of garlic, some paper packages and the onions. In the middle ground, two Alcorcón-style earthenware bowls hold three crockery plates with poppy decorations, probably from Talavera or Puente del Arzobispo. The painter's customary method

Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Luis Meléndez distinguished himself as the greatest bodegón, or still-life, painter in late eighteenth-century Spain. By this time, the popularity of the genre had declined in Spain and was not practiced by any of Meléndez’ contemporaries at court. Even so, Meléndez painted over one hundred bodegones in his lifetime, leading art historians to infer that he took a person

Last Supper
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1586
Bassano, Francesco
Last Supper
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1586
Bassano, Francesco

Although Bettini noted a number of paternal precedents for this painting, it is a personal interpretation by Francesco of the gospel passage. Three versions are known, of which the Prado painting is the last. The first, dated about 1585, was auctioned by Sotheby´s of Florence in 1984, and there is a preparatory drawing of the figures of the elderly man with a bear and the page on the left (V

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

Saint Peter Martyr
Oil on panel. 1491 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro
Saint Peter Martyr
Oil on panel. 1491 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro

The painting is the central panel of the altarpiece of Saint Peter Martyr from the Convent of Santo Tomás in Avila, together with four other panels in the Museum (P611, 614). The three altarpieces installed in the chancel of Santo Tomás in Ávila had a similar composition: a central panel with the image of the titular saint flanked by four lateral panels, two on either side, de

Saint Bartholomew
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint Bartholomew
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 important series is the one that Ribera painted around 1630. It is mentioned for the first time in the Royal Collection towards the end of the eighteenth century and is made up of paintings of varying qua

Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel
Series of the Conquest of Mexico
Oil, Shell work on canvas mounted on panel, panel. 1698
González, Juan; González, Miguel

This panel inlaid with mother-of-pearl executed in New Spain is part of a group of twenty-four pieces that narrate the capture of Mexico.

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