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Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano
Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano

This painting depicts the façade of Saint Peter’s as it was designed by the architect Carlo Maderno and before the re-modelling undertaken by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who had the clock tower on th [+]

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 Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. After 1635
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico
The Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. After 1635
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico

Paolo Domenico Finoglia was deeply involved in the creation of paintings for the History of Rome cycle at the Buen Retiro Palace. His participation includes this superb Triumph of Bacchus, a Gladiator [+]

Masinissa Mourning Over the Death of Sophonisba (?)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico
Masinissa Mourning Over the Death of Sophonisba (?)
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Finoglia, Paolo Domenico

Within the large series of paintings dedicated to the history of Rome, this work and Meleager’s Hunt (P2320) belong to a small group of scenes from mythology and the history of Antiquity. This is undo [+]

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 m [+]

The Circus Maximus in Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano
The Circus Maximus in Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano

This is one of four depictions of spectacles from ancient Rome that Domenico Gargiulo and Viviano Codazzi painted for the large History of Rome series at the Buen Retiro Palace. Of those four, in whic [+]

Roman Gladiators with Wooden Swords
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco
Roman Gladiators with Wooden Swords
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco

Until 1956, this painting was attributed to Pietro da Cortona, an understandable mistake, given how close Romanelli’s style was to that of his teacher. In fact, it appears as such in Charles II’s will [+]

Perspective View of a Roman Amphitheatre
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano
Perspective View of a Roman Amphitheatre
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano

This painting was one of four views of ancient Roman life commissioned around 1638 for the Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid. Two of the other works depict a Roman circus and a Roman gymnasium respectively, [+]

David with the Head of Goliath
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio)
David with the Head of Goliath
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio)

The Bible story (Samuel 1:17) depicted here corresponds to the moment when, as a young shepherd, David kills Goliath, the giant, with his sling and cuts off his head to triumphantly exhibit it. The ep [+]

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. [+]

Perspective of a Gymnasium
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano
Perspective of a Gymnasium
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano

This is one of four depictions of spectacles from ancient Rome that Domenico Gargiulo and Viviano Codazzi painted for the large History of Rome series at the Buen Retiro Palace. Of those four, in whic [+]

Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This painting shows the finale of a brutal encounter between two female fighters. The woman on the right has attained the upper hand over her opponent, who has fallen injured to the ground, and is abo [+]

The Allocution of a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano
The Allocution of a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano

Giovanni Lanfranco painted at least six works that can be related to the commission to decorate the Buen Retiro Palace. The first five are at the Museo del Prado -Auspices in Rome (P236); The Allocuti [+]

The west or Velázquez façade of the Museo del Prado
Albumen on photographic paper. 1860 - 1862
Clifford, Charles
The west or Velázquez façade of the Museo del Prado
Albumen on photographic paper. 1860 - 1862
Clifford, Charles

Designed by Juan de Villanueva, the building that houses the Museo del Prado has always been an indispensable landmark in Madrid’s urban landscape. Since the mid 1820s, numerous artists have taken an [+]

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