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The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Surrender of Breda
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

On June 5, 1625 the Dutch governor of Breda, Justinus van Nassau, surrendered the keys of that city to Ambrosio Spínola, the Genoese general commanding the Spanish tercios (a group of soldiers [+]

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-An [+]

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 styl [+]

The Duke and Duchess of San Fernando de Quiroga
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1832
Tegeo Díaz, Rafael
The Duke and Duchess of San Fernando de Quiroga
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1832
Tegeo Díaz, Rafael

Los personajes retratados en esta obra son los primeros duques de San Fernando de Quiroga. La duquesa, María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón y Vallabriga (1783-1846) fue hija del matrimonio morganático del i [+]

Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Charles III
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

This image of King Charles III was paired with a portrait of his wife, Maria Amalia of Saxony (P2201), although the image of the queen was not painted in her presence. Instead, it was invented on the [+]

Cardinal Juan Everardo Nithard
Oil on canvas. 1674
Arco, Alonso del
Cardinal Juan Everardo Nithard
Oil on canvas. 1674
Arco, Alonso del

Born to an Austrian Catholic family, Juan Everardo Nithard (Falkenstein, 1607-Rome, 1681)became a Jesuit. His solid grounding in theology led Emperor Ferdinand III to appoint him confessor to his chil [+]

Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

In 1624, soon after Velázquez`s arrival at court, the political writer Almansa noted that the equestrian order was and is the backbone of republics. This notion was shared by the Spanish monarc [+]

The Young Louis XV
Oil on canvas. 1714
Gobert, Pierre
The Young Louis XV
Oil on canvas. 1714
Gobert, Pierre

Wearing a child´s dress of branched yellow fabric with silver adornments and the sash and cross of the Order of the Saint-Esprit, the future monarch rests his right hand on a small dog that stan [+]

Javier of Bourbon and Saxony, Infante of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael
Javier of Bourbon and Saxony, Infante of Spain
Oil on canvas. 1767
Mengs, Anton Raphael

Francisco Javier (1757-1771), youngest son of Charles III and Maria Amalia of Saxony, was painted by Mengs in the Palace of San Ildefonso, Segovia, as were his brothers, Antonio and Gabriel. The pose [+]

Philip III on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Philip III on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

This was one of the paintings decorating the Hall of Realms at Madrid´s Buen Retiro Palace, where various discourses (territorial, mythological, military, and so on) combined to make up the decoration [+]

The Triumph of Saint Hermenegild
Oil on canvas. 1654
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de
The Triumph of Saint Hermenegild
Oil on canvas. 1654
Herrera The Younger, Francisco de

The Triumph of Saint Hermenegild (d. 585) and of the Catholic Church over Arianism. The saint rises up to heaven surrounded by angels carrying the symbols of his origin and martyrdom: the crown and sc [+]

Cardinal Luis María de Borbón y Vallabriga
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1802
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Cardinal Luis María de Borbón y Vallabriga
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1802
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

El infante Luis María de Borbón y Vallabriga, hijo del infante Luis Antonio de Borbón (1727-1785), hermano de Carlos III (1716-1788), y de María Teresa de Vallabriga y Rozas (1759-1820), dama de la ba [+]

The Prince of Asturias, the future Charles IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael
The Prince of Asturias, the future Charles IV
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Mengs, Anton Raphael

This portrait of Charles IV as the Prince of Asturias has as its pendant a portrait of his wife, María Luisa of Parma, also in the Museo del Prado (P2189). Anton Raphael Mengs had come to Spain [+]

The Ommegang in Brussels: Procession of Guilds
Oil on canvas. 1616
Alsloot, Denis Van
The Ommegang in Brussels: Procession of Guilds
Oil on canvas. 1616
Alsloot, Denis Van

Desfile, por la plaza de Bruselas, de los gremios de la ciudad, con sus insignias y gran número de cofrades; desde galerías y balcones presencian la comitiva numerosos espectadores. El fondo es la Gra [+]

Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Saint James the Greater
Oil on canvas. 1631
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This work was, until recently, believed to depict Saint James. This was largely due to its description, by Friar Francisco de los Santos in his Descripción breve del Monasterio de S. Lorenzo el [+]

Isabella Farnese
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
Isabella Farnese
Oil on canvas. 1718 - 1722
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

The brightly lit figure of Isabella Farnese stands out strongly against a dark background. Her face conforms to the highly idealised and slightly inexpressive prototype that Meléndez used in hi [+]

Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Along with Philip IV and Velázquez, the third name intimately associated with the Buen Retiro Palace is Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587-1645). When Philip IV took the thro [+]

Carlos IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1800
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Carlos IV on Horseback
Oil on canvas. 1800
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

An equestrian portrait of the Spanish monarch wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Guardia de Corps, with other insignias, such as the Sash of the Order of Carlos III, that of Saint Genaro and the [+]

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