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Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-470 B.C.), wears a black tunic and leans on a stone, weeping. He embodies the idea of a tragic sense of life, thinking about the future form a lonely [+]

Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale
Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale

Venus, the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, is accidentally wounded by one of her son Cupid´s arrows, which triggers her passion for Adonis. This love story ends with the tragic death of the he [+]

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

Democritus of Abdera (460-370 B.C.) is the pictorial pendant of Heraclitus (P01680) as well as his philosophical counterpoint. Wearing bright colors, he laughs sarcastically while contemplating a glob [+]

Two Wrestlers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Fracanzano, Cesare
Two Wrestlers
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Fracanzano, Cesare

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vaccaro, Andrea (Attributed To)
Women Gladiators
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Vaccaro, Andrea (Attributed To)

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

Landscape with Diana and Acteon
Oil on panel. Ca. 1608
Clerck, Hendrik de; Alsloot, Denis Van
Landscape with Diana and Acteon
Oil on panel. Ca. 1608
Clerck, Hendrik de; Alsloot, Denis Van

Hunting in the woods, Acteon stops on the banks of a stream when he sees Diana and her nymphs bathing nude on the opposite bank. Fascinated by their beauty, he observes them with a challenging and amu [+]

Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis
Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis

The frieze arrangement of the figures places this work in the painter`s classical phase, which began in 1594, the same year as the date on this painting. In Van Thiel`s view, it could be the picture w [+]

Jupiter and Lycaon
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan
Jupiter and Lycaon
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Cossiers, Jan

Licaón, un horrible gobernador de la Arcadia que sembraba el terror en su región, quiso comprobar la divinidad de Júpiter dándole de comer carne humana. Ovidio narra esta historia en el libro I de las [+]

Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido
Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido

Cleopatra VII (r. 51-30 BCE) was the sovereign of Egypt and the last representative of its final royal family, the Ptolemaic dynasty. Feeling that all was lost after her armies and those of her Roman [+]

The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob
The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob

La caída de los gigantes es un episodio brevemente narrado por Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis, Libro I (151-155), en la cual los gigantes que habitaban la tierra querían llegar al cielo y por ello fueron [+]

Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

The scene represents a passage from Ovid´s Metamophoses. After killing the monstrous Python, Apollo falls victim to one of Cupid´s arrows, which inflames his impossible love of Jupiter´s daughter, Dap [+]

Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter
Hippomenes and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter

Hipómenes y Atalanta es uno de los episodios de amor que aparecen en este ciclo. La historia aparece en las Metamorfosis en el Libro X (560-707), donde Venus se la cuenta a Adonis en uno de sus paseos [+]

Still Life with Watermelons and Apples in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Watermelons and Apples in a Landscape
Oil on canvas. 1771
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

The fruit in the foreground is projected with unrivaled expressive force—a superb rendering of its attractive freshness. The works sober composition is executed in a manner that brings out its author’ [+]

Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob
Cadmus and Minerva
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacob

La historia de Cadmo y la aparición de Minerva aparece en el libro III de las Metamorfosis (95-114): "(...) Mientras el vencedor calcula el tamaño del enemigo vencido, se oyó de repente una voz; no er [+]

Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente
Saint Bernard of Clarivaux visits Guigo I at the Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Las Harpías, seres mitológicos mitad mujer mitad pájaro, son perseguidas por Zetes y Calais, los hijos alados de Boreas. Esta historia es narrada por Ovidio pero de manera muy breve en las Metamorfosi [+]

Cupid on a dolphin
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
Cupid on a dolphin
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Esta representación del dios del amor niño no se corresponde con ninguna historia concreta, más allá de la propia representación del mismo. Hijo de Venus, a la que causa bastantes problemas con sus fl [+]

Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter
Cephalus and Procris
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Symons, Peeter

Esta desgraciada historia de amor aparece en el libro VII, (835-841) de las Metamorfosis. La celosa Procris espió a su marido, del cual sospechaba le era infiel. Así, escondida entre los matorrales mu [+]

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