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Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Satyr
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

In classical mythology, Silenus was the guardian of forests. He was supposed to raise Bacchus when the latter was a child. Rubens depicts him in the customary manner: with goat ears and a scraggly bea [+]

Achilles discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Achilles discovered among the Daughters of Lycomedes
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

A model for the tapestry on the same subject that belongs to a series of eight about the Greek hero. The Story of Achilles is smaller than other projects by Rubens, but the quality of its sketches, mo [+]

Sight and Smell
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Francken II, Frans; Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Sight and Smell
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1620
Francken II, Frans; Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This canvas and its companion, Taste, Hearing and Touch (P1404), represent the five senses embodied by female figures in palatial interiors. The sense of smell is conveyed by a woman holding flowers, [+]

Landscape with Saint Mary of Cervelló
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)
Landscape with Saint Mary of Cervelló
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1637
Claude (Lorrain, Byname Of Claude Gellée)

The scene is set in a lush wooded clearing that opens into the distance at the center. A brightly lit anchorite in a Mercedarian habit kneels in the foreground, praying in front of a crucifix. The spa [+]

Maskers at the Mondo Nuovo
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico
Maskers at the Mondo Nuovo
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico

These two paintings (P7804 and P7805) are part of a series on similar subjects, yet they stand out among Giandomenico`s work. These works are small depictions of everyday life in Venice, exquisitely r [+]

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 visib [+]

The Painter's Children in the Japanese Room
Oil on canvas. 1874
Fortuny, Mariano
The Painter's Children in the Japanese Room
Oil on canvas. 1874
Fortuny, Mariano

Fortuny’s sudden death left this painting unfinished, yet it remains one of his finest pieces, and the maximum expression of the audacious pictorial modernity that characterizes his mature work.The tw [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1617 - 1619
Reni, Guido
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1617 - 1619
Reni, Guido

Sebastian was a Roman soldier who suffered martyrdom for his Christian faith during the reign of Diocletian and Maximian at the end of the third century. He was made a patron saint of the city of Rome [+]

Rubens painting ‘The Allegory of Peace’
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Giordano, Luca
Rubens painting ‘The Allegory of Peace’
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1660
Giordano, Luca

In this complex allegory, Mars, the god of war, is rejected by his lover Venus, who symbolises the peace painted by Rubens (1577-1640). On the ground at the lower edge we see objects destroyed by war: [+]

Parnassus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Poussin, Nicolas
Parnassus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Poussin, Nicolas

Parnassus, the mythological mountain of Apollo and the Muses is the scene for a celebration of the Arts, especially Poetry. Apollo offers the nectar of the gods to a poet, probably Homer, who is crown [+]

Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Duchess of Berry
Oil on canvas. 1714
Gobert, Pierre
Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Duchess of Berry
Oil on canvas. 1714
Gobert, Pierre

The duchess wears a red silk masquerade gown with a mother-of-pearl overskirt decorated with branch motifs and fur edging, under a red-and-gold coat that matches her whimsical headdress. Holding a bla [+]

Dream of Lies and Fickleness
Black chalk, Pencil, Bistre, Iron gall ink, Wash on laid paper. 1796 - 1797
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Dream of Lies and Fickleness
Black chalk, Pencil, Bistre, Iron gall ink, Wash on laid paper. 1796 - 1797
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This is a preparatory drawing for an unpublished plate from Los Caprichos. The only remaining print of that plate is a single proof printed on the back of another etching at the Biblioteca Nacional (1 [+]

Studies of heads, masks, the head of a lion, and hands
Pencil, Grey-brown ink on paper. XVI century
Anonymous
Studies of heads, masks, the head of a lion, and hands
Pencil, Grey-brown ink on paper. XVI century
Anonymous

The right half of the sheet, with studies of fifteen heads, including a mask in profile, upper right corner, repeats a drawing by an imitator of Cambiaso in the Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 418). Both [+]

Cartouche of strap-work, flanked by two female caryatids and surmounted by a mask
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink, Wash on paper. XVI century
Anonymous (Circle Of Orsi, Lelio)
Cartouche of strap-work, flanked by two female caryatids and surmounted by a mask
Pencil, Pencil ground, Grey-brown ink, Wash on paper. XVI century
Anonymous (Circle Of Orsi, Lelio)

The female caryatids distantly recall some of Orsi´s figure types. [+]

Majo on a stroll
Indian ink, Wash on laid paper. 1794 - 1795
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Majo on a stroll
Indian ink, Wash on laid paper. 1794 - 1795
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This young woman in fashionable walking dress has a formal relationship with the portrait of the Duchess of Alba in black (1799) and even more so with the young women from the Madrid Album and the Cap [+]

Emperor Carlos V (bust)
Carrara marble. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo
Emperor Carlos V (bust)
Carrara marble. 1553
Leoni, Leone; Leoni, Pompeo

The Emperor (1500-1558) is represented with attributes alluding to his power: armor, the necklace of the Golden Fleece and a crossing sash. The armor has a low relief of the Virgin Mary carved on the [+]

The Muse Polymnia
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous
The Muse Polymnia
White marble. 130 - 150
Anonymous

This marble statue and other seven more (E000068, E000041, E000040, E000062, E000061, E000038, E000037) were unearthed in about 1500 in Hadrian´s Villa at Tivoli, where the decorated the stage of the [+]

Dionysus
White marble. 75 - 100
Roman Sculptor
Dionysus
White marble. 75 - 100
Roman Sculptor

This Roman herm, which was probably made to decorate a theatre, uses an image of Dionysus in the form of a mask, created between 425 and 400 B. C. in Athens. At that time, it was usual to hang these m [+]

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