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The Bivouac
Oil on panel. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David
The Bivouac
Oil on panel. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David

Of the artists who painted war scenes in the 17th century, none was as interested as David Teniers II in capturing images from behind the lines. With his customary tactile rigor, he depicts a plethora of military objects lying in the foreground with no apparent order and a handful of figures hanging cuirasses or helping their colleagues to remove their footgear. At the same time, he draws on one o

The Guard-Room
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David
The Guard-Room
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1650
Teniers The Younger, David

The foreground display of numerous military elements, banners, drums, cuirasses and weapons, leads to a genre painting showing some soldiers resting in the background. On the left of the composition, one of the pages works to hang up the soldiers' clothes. Here, as in his other works, Teniers shows his capacity to use light to achieve a perfect representation of the qualities of the objects depict

Bridge over the Madrid Canal
Oil on canvas. 1784
Bayeu, Francisco
Bridge over the Madrid Canal
Oil on canvas. 1784
Bayeu, Francisco

Elegantly dressed nobles with swords, capes and sunshades join the lower-class majos and majas on the banks of the river Manzanares and indulge in gambling, dancing and fishing. This is a sketch for a cartoon for a tapestry to decorate the apartments of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the Palace of El Pardo.

Perejón, Buffoon of the Count of Benavente and of the Grand Duke of Alba
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Mor, Anthonis
Perejón, Buffoon of the Count of Benavente and of the Grand Duke of Alba
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1560
Mor, Anthonis

The doubts that existed regarding the dating of this work were increased when the sitter was identified. He is documented from 1544 in the accounts of Prince Philip (later Philip II) as Pero Hernández de la Cruz, known as Perejón, one of the two ‘Pericos’ whose role at Court was to amuse the prince. The inventory of the Alcázar in Madrid of 1636 confirms this identification th

Monkeys in a Tavern
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
Monkeys in a Tavern
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. A group plays cards in the foreg

Dance Alongside a Bridge on the Manzanares Canal
Oil on canvas. 1784
Bayeu y Subías, Ramón
Dance Alongside a Bridge on the Manzanares Canal
Oil on canvas. 1784
Bayeu y Subías, Ramón

A cartoon for the tapestry to be hung in the Prince of Asturias´s quarters at the El Pardo Palace. Two Majos appear at the center of the composition, playing characteristic 18th-century Spanish narrow-wasted popular guitars with five double strings (as indicated by their ten visible tuning pegs). Baroque guitars had five double strings, but around 1760 another pair was added, although both t

Monkeys smoking and drinking
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David
Monkeys smoking and drinking
Oil on panel. Ca. 1660
Teniers The Younger, David

This work is part of the series of six panels of monkey scenes in the Museo Nacional del Prado (from P01805 to P01810). The subject matter has been associated with human foolishness since the Middle Ages and is drawn from the oeuvre of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Peter van der Borcht. Teniers successfully captures the ambivalence of mankind in its animal nature. Four apes are smoking around a ta

The Card Players
Oil on canvas. 1777 - 1778
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Card Players
Oil on canvas. 1777 - 1778
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

A group of Majos play cards in the country, under the shade of an awning hung in a tree. Behind them, another Majo makes signs to his companion, helping him with the game. Goya uses a new and very rich tecnique here, bringing out the contrasting lights and shadows so as to accentuate the strong realism of this cheating scene. The subject has numerous antecedents in European visual culture. This is

Two of a Kind
Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint on ivory laid paper. 1797 - 1799
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Two of a Kind
Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint on ivory laid paper. 1797 - 1799
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Capricho 5, Two of a Kind is part of The Caprichos. The subject matter was common in depictions of that period. At first glance, the preparatory drawing might seem to be a simple genre scene—a lady being courted by a gentleman while two older women converse behind them—but the upper-class appearance of both the woman’s clothing (a mantilla and black shawl, a silk lace garment covering her head and

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