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Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-470 B.C.), wears a black tunic and leans on a stone, weeping. He embodies the idea of a tragic sense of life, thinking about the future form a lonely [+]

A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
A Sybil
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1632
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The first known reference to this work dates from 1746, when an inventory of paintings at the La Granja Palace was drawn up. There, it is attributed to Velázquez and identified as a likeness of [+]

The Fall of Icarus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter
The Fall of Icarus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Gowy, Jacob Peeter

Ícaro, hijo de Dédalo el constructor del laberinto del Minotauro, trató de huir con su padre de la isla de Creta con unas alas creadas por su padre que había pegado a la espalda con cera. Ovidio cuent [+]

Tereus' Banquet
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Tereus' Banquet
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Tereus, King of Thrace and wife of Procne, raped his sister-in-law, Philomela, cutting out her tongue in order to avoid being denounced. But when Philomela weaves a tapestry, her sister Procne discove [+]

Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)
Colossal Head
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Carducho, Vicente (Attributed To)

This colossal head may be that of a giant, a figure taken from classical mythology in which such characters are described as being rough and primitive beings, possessed of remarkable strength and terr [+]

Water
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1700
Anonymous
Water
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1700
Anonymous

This canvas by a late 17th-century painter is part of a group of four works, all at the Museo del Prado (P191, P3196, P3197 and P3198), that express the idea of the Elements through motives drawn from [+]

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (Workshop Of)

Democritus of Abdera (460-370 B.C.) is the pictorial pendant of Heraclitus (P01680) as well as his philosophical counterpoint. Wearing bright colors, he laughs sarcastically while contemplating a glob [+]

Figure of a Woman
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Figure of a Woman
Oil on canvas. 1636
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

This work is a fragment of a painting that showed the visit of the god of wine to mortals, as is Detail of the Head of Bacchus (P-1123) and another painting in Bogotá. The work, based on an Hel [+]

Sacrifice to Bacchus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Stanzione, Massimo
Sacrifice to Bacchus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Stanzione, Massimo

While it is first listed in 1666 at the Alcázar, where it hung alongside Ribera’s Fable of Bacchus or Teoxenia (of which only three fragments have survived: two at the Museo del Prado and one i [+]

Drunken Silenus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Fracanzano, Cesare
Drunken Silenus
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1635
Fracanzano, Cesare

A satyr fills the wineglass of a fat, grotesque Silenus who smiles at another satyr seen from behind. This comic treatment of the classical myth derives from Ribera with whom Fracanzano worked from ar [+]

Bacchic Scene
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Poussin, Nicolas
Bacchic Scene
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1628
Poussin, Nicolas

In a lush, wooded landscape on the banks of a quiet river, a nude woman, sitting on a richly colored red cloak, gestures to two male figures posed beside her. Supporting a glazed jug in her lap, she p [+]

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
Oil on panel. 1568
Beuckelaer, Joachim
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
Oil on panel. 1568
Beuckelaer, Joachim

The foreground shows an everyday scene of a kitchen filled with still-life elements and two women at work. In the background, beneath a portico, Jesus can be seen visiting the house of Martha and Mary [+]

Hercules on the Pyre
Oil on canvas. 1697 - 1700
Giordano, Luca
Hercules on the Pyre
Oil on canvas. 1697 - 1700
Giordano, Luca

Representa la escena en la que Hércules está en la pira sobre la piel del león de Nemea. Filoctetes, amigo y compañero de Hércules, en la parte inferior del lienzo procede a prender fuego a la pira po [+]

Garland of Flowers with Minerva and Mercury
Oil on panel. Ca. 1790
Espinós, Benito
Garland of Flowers with Minerva and Mercury
Oil on panel. Ca. 1790
Espinós, Benito

Espinós structures his composition into three contrasting parts, including a mythological scene with two sculptural Olympian gods in the centre. They are surrounded by a large and colourful gar [+]

Tityus in Chains
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1596
Martínez, Gregorio
Tityus in Chains
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1596
Martínez, Gregorio

The Giant Tityus was condemned to the punishment of having a vulture endlessly devour his entrails. Martínez was inspired by a composition by Michelangelo which in turn looked to the Hellenisti [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

According to Ovid (Metamorphosis, book V), in order to avoid her husband Jupiter´s infidelities, the goddess, Juno, converted the nymph, Io, into a lamb and called on Argos, the shepherd, to look afte [+]

The Death of Eurydice
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Death of Eurydice
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

La historia de Eurídice aparece en dos ocasiones en el ciclo de la Torre de la Parada; su muerte y su truncada salida de los infiernos. Su muerte es narrada por Ovidio en el libro X (5-10) de las Meta [+]

Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The literary source for the Furies is Ovid´s Metamorphoses (IV, 447-464) and Virgil´s Aeneid (VI, 457-8), which recounts the eternal sufferings in Hades of Tityus, whose liver was devoured by a vultur [+]

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