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Louis I, Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. 1717
Houasse, Michel-Ange
Louis I, Prince of Asturias
Oil on canvas. 1717
Houasse, Michel-Ange

Michel-Ange Houasse, son of the painter René-Antoine Houasse (c.1645-1710), had enjoyed a long career during the reign of Louis XIV of France (r.1643-1715). From 1715 until his death, Michel-Ange worked in the court in Madrid during the reign of the first Bourbon monarch, Philip V (r.1700-24 and 1724-46), creating interesting landscape paintings, genre scenes, religious paintings and portra

Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Philip V
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

This portrait of Philip V is based on a prototype devised by Meléndez in the 1720s. It combines a French model with the use of broad, zig-zagging brushstrokes typical of the Madrid Baroque style. The monarch´s notably idealised face is extremely delicately painted, with the paler tone of the broad brow suggesting the illumination of intelligence. Small highlights on the nose and lips emphas

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).

Cardinal-Infante Luis Antonio de Borbón as a Boy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1731
Ranc, Jean
Cardinal-Infante Luis Antonio de Borbón as a Boy
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1731
Ranc, Jean

Son of Philip V and Isabel Farnese, Louis Antonio of Bourbon was born July 25, 1727, became archbishop of Toledo on September 9, 1735, and became cardinal on December 9 of that year. In 1739, he also assumed the archbishopric of Seville. Regardless of his high ecclesiastical rank, he lacked the interest or capacity to carry out such activities, and led a life of hunting and pleasure unsuitable to

View of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1722
Houasse, Michel-Ange
View of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1722
Houasse, Michel-Ange

This painting is part of a series of pictures of the Royal Sites which includes five panoramas of El Escorial from different viewpoints. They are all unmistakably descriptive in nature as the emphasis is on the overall views, each of which includes a couple of accessory details in order to humanise the theme, such as monks, passers-by, an oxcart or a pilgrim, among others. This panoramic view of e

Offering to Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1720
Houasse, Michel-Ange
Offering to Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1720
Houasse, Michel-Ange

This pagan scene shows the offer that the Bacchants, or followers of Bacchus, made to their god. In the center, a priest offers the sacrifice on an altar in front of the statue of the deity crowned with grape leaves. All around, those attending the feast drink, or appear totally inebriated, sleeping off the effects of the wine. This mythological scene shows how Houasse was influenced by the tradit

Bacchanal
Oil on canvas. 1719
Houasse, Michel-Ange
Bacchanal
Oil on canvas. 1719
Houasse, Michel-Ange

Various personages, semi-nude or wearing tunics, dance, drink, eat grapes, play instruments and enjoy themselves in a garden around a bust of Bacchus. Various popular and classical buildings are visible in the background. This work shows all of the influences present in Houasse´s painting. The academicist tendency of the figures is mixed with hints of Poussin, Titian and Watteau. Moreover, some fa

The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1720 - 1726
Houasse, Michel-Ange
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1720 - 1726
Houasse, Michel-Ange

In his interpretation of the traditional subject of the Holy Family Houasse evokes the French tradition of the second half of the 17th century century, imbuing it with the currently fashionable Italianate air. Within the overall darkness a powerful light source highlights the figures of the Virgin and Child and the infant Saint John the Baptist. The less prominent Saint Joseph watches them from th

Saint John Francis Regis preaching
Oil on unlined canvas. Before 1722
Houasse, Michel-Ange
Saint John Francis Regis preaching
Oil on unlined canvas. Before 1722
Houasse, Michel-Ange

Work belonging to a series of six paintings, commissioned by the Society of Jesus for the church of its Novitiate in Madrid, on the occasion of the canonization of Juan Francisco de Regis, the first French Jesuit raised to the altars, in 1737. The commission was carried out by Father Pierre Daubenton, confessor of Philip V.Knowledge of Houasse´s work was not limited to the palace environment

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