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Don Quixote at the Inn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero
Don Quixote at the Inn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1720
Iriarte, Valero

This work belongs to a series inspired by passages from Don Quixote portrayed with the same satirical humour as in Cervantes´text. The famous knight, seated at a table, is served by innkeepers in a parody of what would have been a court ceremony. Similarities have been pointed out with paintings of this type executed by the Madrid-based French artist Michel-Ange Houasse (1680-1730).

The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Annunciation
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A passage from the New Testament (Luke I, 26-38) that tells of the annunciation of the Virgin´s motherhood by the Archangel Gabriel and the incarnation of Christ in Mary by the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove. The burning bush, which appeared to A passage from the New Testament (Luke I, 26-38) that tells of the annunciation of the Virgin´s motherhood by the Archangel Gabriel and the incarnation o

The Baptismal procession of Prince Juan, son of the Catholic Kings, through the streets of Seville
Oil on canvas. 1910
Pradilla y Ortiz, Francisco
The Baptismal procession of Prince Juan, son of the Catholic Kings, through the streets of Seville
Oil on canvas. 1910
Pradilla y Ortiz, Francisco

This painting depicts the baptism of Prince Juan. It is based on the description of that event from Historia de los Reyes Católicos (History of the Catholic Kings) by Andrés Bernáldez, published in 1856. The documentary rigor of this text is transferred to the canvas, so we can speak here of the archeological veracity with which Pradilla reconstructed that historical event. Th

Emblem of Death
Oil on panel. 1635 - 1640
Steenwijck, Pieter Van
Emblem of Death
Oil on panel. 1635 - 1640
Steenwijck, Pieter Van

Steenwijck brings to the vanitas a genre in which he specialised, according to the surviving inventories -the compositional structure, scheme, colour range and lighting characteristic of the so-called monochrome banketjes or monochrome still lifes of Willem Claesz. Heda (P2754, P2655 and P2756) and Pieter Claesz. (P2753). Accordingly, the objects are arranged on a simple wooden table that is half

The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

El carro triunfal de Baco con todo su cortejo en relación con la hostilidad del rey Penteo aparece en libro III de las Metamorfosis de Ovidio (528 seq.): "(...) Ha llegado Líber; los campos resuenan con gritos de alborozo; corre el gentío; matronas y muchachas mezcladas con hombres, la chusma y los grandes señores acuden al nuevo culto. "¿Qué locura, hijos de la serpiente, prole de Marte, ha aturd

Three Strolling Musicians
Oil on panel. 1645 - 1650
Jordaens, Jacques
Three Strolling Musicians
Oil on panel. 1645 - 1650
Jordaens, Jacques

A bust depiction of three street musicians. The first plays a flute while the other two sing from sheet music held by one of them. The sketchy rendering and vigorous brushstrokes mark this as a preliminary study. However, as no known work of Jordaens uses similar figures, his authorship has long been in doubt. The very loose rendering and large amount of paint in the brushstrokes of the flesh tone

Rustic Concert with Pipe and Violin
Oil on panel. 1635 - 1637
Ostade, Adriaen Van
Rustic Concert with Pipe and Violin
Oil on panel. 1635 - 1637
Ostade, Adriaen Van

This work belongs to the so-called peasant interiors, one of the new genres of painting that emerged and developed in the Netherlandsin the early seventeenth century. In Houbraken and in early inventories they are described as een boertje, (a little peasant) or as toeback rookerchen (tobacco smokers). The consolidation and appreciation of this genre was fostered by the satirical and moralising lit

Taste, Hearing and Touch
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1620
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Taste, Hearing and Touch
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1620
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

The dinner guests occupying the center of the composition symbolize the senses. Music and the singing children are hearing, and the young woman petting a mink is touch. The young woman preparing to eat some oysters symbolizes taste, while the monkey pulling on a cupid´s hair also symbolizes touch. Of equal significance are the animals and paintings in the room. The Annunciation on the top of the c

Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Mercury and Argus
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1659
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Wearing his characteristic winged hat, and with a pan flute next to his left hand, Mercury stealthily approaches a shepherd he has lulled to sleep with the unlimited powers of his music. The latter is the one-hundred-eyed Argos, whom Juno appointed to watch over Io, the beautiful nymph she had turned into a cow in order to protect her from the amorous advances of he husband, Jupiter. Fully aware o

The Triumph of Death
Oil on panel. 1562 - 1563
Bruegel The Elder, Pieter
The Triumph of Death
Oil on panel. 1562 - 1563
Bruegel The Elder, Pieter

In this moral work, the triumph of Death over mundane things is symbolized by a large army of skeletons razing the Earth. The background is a barren landscape in which scenes of destruction are still taking place. In the foreground, Death leads his armies from his reddish horse, destroying the world of the living. The latter are led to an enormous coffin with no hope for salvation. All of the soci

The Sense of Hearing
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Hearing
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This set of paintings on the five senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) was one of the most successful collaborations of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel “the elder.” Rubens placed his figures in the magnificent courtly scenes created by Brueghel as settings for these allegories of the senses, resulting in a series of enormous quality and esthetic appeal. The subject was widely employed i

Triumph of Love
Oil on copperplate. XVII century
Lint, Pieter Van
Triumph of Love
Oil on copperplate. XVII century
Lint, Pieter Van

Representación alegórica del triunfo del Amor que lleva a Júpiter con los brazos atados en una suntuosa carroza tirada por cuatro caballos blancos. Entre las figuras que acompañan a la carroza, a la derecha de la composición, aparece Apolo portando una cítara como atributo de identificación del dios, y tras él un músico tocando una flauta de Pan.

The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on panel. 1602 - 1603
Reni, Guido
The Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on panel. 1602 - 1603
Reni, Guido

En el centro, la Virgen coronada por dos angelitos, rodeada por la corte celestial. Abajo, ángeles músicos en las esquinas. El tema, para el cual se conocen algunos dibujos, fue muy trabajado por Guido en sus primeros años, con una cierta influencia de Aníbal Carracci en las formas torneadas de sus ángeles y en una monumentalidad grandiosa, que no es habitual en sus composiciones. Se conocen tres

Royal Couples
Oil on canvas. 1770
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Royal Couples
Oil on canvas. 1770
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

This canvas depicts an equestrian event that took place at the Palace of Aranjuez in 1770. It was attended by Charles III and Princess María Luisa, his daughter-in-law, who are to be seen in the second box adjoining the palace façade, and by a crowd of subtly individualised figures. On horseback at the forefront of the pairs of riders are Prince Carlos and the Infantes Gabriel and Lu

The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1523
Pitati, Bonifazio Di
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on panel. Ca. 1523
Pitati, Bonifazio Di

An independent painter since 1515, Pitati trained with Palma Vecchio whose late style he assimilated. This panel dates from his early period (1515-28) and reveals his knowledge of the work of Bellini, Giorgione and Titian. The compositional symmetry and three-part division of the landscape are characteristic of his early output.

Lupercalia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Camassei, Andrea
Lupercalia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Camassei, Andrea

Lupercalia was a festival involving sacrifices to the two deities associated, respectively, with fecundity and childbirth: Pan and Lucina. As part of the celebrations, the men whipped their wives to make them more fecund. Two young musicians close to the scene of the sacrifice to the gods, as well as the statue on the altar itself, carry wind instruments characteristic of this type of festivity.Wi

Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1870
Ferrant, Alejandro
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1870
Ferrant, Alejandro

Holding his spectacles in his right hand, the subject of this portrait gazes at the viewer. He has momentarily left the composition he is working on, which is dated 1844 and is partially legible. It is precisely this element that enabled the subject to be identified as Urbano Aspa (C. Díaz Pascual 2015), a composer of religious music who was also a close friend of the painter’s family. In t

The Marriage at Cana
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Bassano, Leandro
The Marriage at Cana
Oil on canvas. XVI century
Bassano, Leandro

There is a print by Pietro Monaco (1707-1772), published by Guglielmo Zerletti in Venice in 1763, which reproduces a painting of the Marriage at Cana then attributed to Jacopo and owned by the lawyer Giulio Crivellari. In Spain, a composition with the same title though smaller (112 x 84 cm approximately) was listed in the 1711 inventory of the 9th Duke of Medinaceli. The original painting, probabl

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