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The Sciences and the Arts
Oil on panel. Ca. 1650
Stalbent, Adriaen Van
The Sciences and the Arts
Oil on panel. Ca. 1650
Stalbent, Adriaen Van

A group of scholars discuss various questions in a room. Some are sitting around tables while others contemplate some of the many paintings and art objects scattered around the room. Depictions of dilettantes or aficionados in collectors´ galleries or rooms ornamented with art objects constituted a customary genre among seventeenth-century Flemish painters, glorifying the practice of collecting as

The Siege of Gravelines
Oil on canvas. 1652
Snayers, Peter
The Siege of Gravelines
Oil on canvas. 1652
Snayers, Peter

Snayers specialised in panoramic views of military actions. Here he offers a topographical presentation of the siege of Gravelines (France) by the Spanish troops in 1652. On the right Snayers shows the rain falling on the area and also includes a map which functions to emphasise the illusion of depth in the scene.

George Legge, Viscount Lewisham
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo
George Legge, Viscount Lewisham
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo

Batoni combined the sobriety and naturalism of Neo-classical portraiture with the elegance and sensual appeal of Italian painting. George Legge, an English aristocrat making the Grand Tour, was a friend of the British royal family. He holds a map of Italy while prominent on the desk next to him is a Roman bust of Faustina the Younger, wife of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (now in the Capitoline Muse

The Grandfather’s Lesson
Oil on canvas. 1893
Gestelner, Sandor
The Grandfather’s Lesson
Oil on canvas. 1893
Gestelner, Sandor

Dressed for the Sabbath, a grandfather and his granddaughter appear in a comfortable interior in front of a map of the Mediterranean basin that coincides with the spread of the Sephardic diaspora. Seated on a hip-joint chair, the old man is instructing the little girl, who listens to him on the floor. The image, the work of an unidentified painter, synthesises the patriarchal role of men in the mo

Self-portrait of the Artist in his Studio
Oil on canvas. 1777
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Self-portrait of the Artist in his Studio
Oil on canvas. 1777
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

The family of this celebrated Madrid artist was originally French, and his own aesthetic roots lie outside Spain. In this self-portrait we see him sitting in a chair with cabriole legs, dressed in sumptuous elegance. He is wearing clothes similar to those worn by the majos of Madrid (those somewhat bohemian dandies-with-attitude of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century), but more refine

Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
Oil on canvas. 1834
Blanco, Carlos
Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies
Oil on canvas. 1834
Blanco, Carlos

María Cristina de Borbón y Dos Sicilias (Palermo, Italia, 1806-El Havre, Francia, 1878). Reina consorte de España. Cuarta y última esposa (1829) del rey Fernando VII (1784-1833). Casó después con Fernando Muñoz (1808-1873), I duque de Riansares, cuya fortuna procedía, sobre todo, del tráfico de esclavos y de las inversiones ferroviarias. En el momento del retrato, era Reina Gobernadora por minoría

Madrid map
Illuminated, Etching on laid paper. 1762
López, Tomás; Rodríguez, Ventura
Madrid map
Illuminated, Etching on laid paper. 1762
López, Tomás; Rodríguez, Ventura

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