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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 figure [+]

Still Life with Animals
Oil on canvas. 1680 - 1690
Hondecoeter, Melchior D´
Still Life with Animals
Oil on canvas. 1680 - 1690
Hondecoeter, Melchior D´

The painting featured here is an example of the characteristic compositions with poultry in which D`Hondecoeter specialised. This type of painting was brought to Utrecht in 1619 by Roeland Savery (157 [+]

Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Abundance and the Four Elements
Oil on panel. Ca. 1615
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Abundance, personified by Ceres, goddess of fertility and agriculture, sits in front of a thicket of reeds at the edge of a forest. She has adorned her hair with wheat spikes -her attribute- and bears [+]

Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1646
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1646
Carreño de Miranda, Juan

In 1724, Antonio Palomino, who had been Juan Carreño de Miranda’s disciple, included his teacher’s biography in his Parnaso español pintoresco y laureado. Their close relationship makes [+]

Concert of the Birds
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Snyders, Frans
Concert of the Birds
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Snyders, Frans

In this composition, various species of birds perched on the branches of a tree -a stork, an eagle, a red macaw, etc.- sing around a musical score. As in many of Frans Snyders’ compositions, the large [+]

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 [+]

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 ea [+]

The Annunciation
Tempera on poplar panel. 1425 - 1426
Angelico, Fra
The Annunciation
Tempera on poplar panel. 1425 - 1426
Angelico, Fra

This altarpiece was painted for the monastery of Santo Domenico in Fiesole, near Florence. The central panel shows the Archangel Gabriel’s Annunciation to Mary under a portico. On the left, Adam and E [+]

Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. 1788 - 1789
Carnicero, Antonio
Saint Francis Preaching to the Birds
Oil on canvas. 1788 - 1789
Carnicero, Antonio

Saint Francis´s sermon to the birds is one of the most popular episodes from his life. In his biography of that saint (chapter XXI, 58), Celano narrates the event that occurred near Menavia in t [+]

Allegory of Dawn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1819
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio
Allegory of Dawn
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1819
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio

The allegories, The Hours of the Day, were painted in 1819 by José de Madrazo in Rome just before his return to Spain, to be used in the decoration of the small palace in Madrid known as Casino [+]

Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1630
Snyders, Frans
Concert of Birds
Oil on canvas. 1629 - 1630
Snyders, Frans

In the composition, an owl on a branch directs a chorus of fifteen other types of birds while holding a score between its feet. Such images of different species of birds perched on tree trunks, someti [+]

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