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Roman Gladiators with Wooden Swords
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco
Roman Gladiators with Wooden Swords
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1639
Romanelli, Giovanni Francesco

Until 1956, this painting was attributed to Pietro da Cortona, an understandable mistake, given how close Romanelli’s style was to that of his teacher. In fact, it appears as such in Charles II’s will [+]

Esther and Ahasuerus
Oil on canvas. 1552 - 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti
Esther and Ahasuerus
Oil on canvas. 1552 - 1555
Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti

This is one of seven canvases (P00386, P00388, P00389, P00393, P00394, P00395, P00396) in a group linked by the same color scheme, a general accentuation of surface drawing and a rhythm of curved form [+]

Exterior of Burgos Cathedral
Oil on canvas. 1859
Parcerisa y Boada, Francisco Javier
Exterior of Burgos Cathedral
Oil on canvas. 1859
Parcerisa y Boada, Francisco Javier

Medieval architecture gained new appreciation in the Romantic era. At the outset of his career, Parcerisa produced a popular collection of lithographs of medieval buildings entitled Recollections and [+]

Allegory of Dusk
Oil on canvas. 1819
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
Allegory of Dusk
Oil on canvas. 1819
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

The allegories, The Hours of the Day, were painted in 1819 by José de Madrazo in Rome just before his return to Spain, to be used in the decoration of the small palace in Madrid known as Casino [+]

Decoy Hunting
Oil on canvas. 1775
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Decoy Hunting
Oil on canvas. 1775
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This is a hunting stand with two caged birds as decoys, a crouching dog, and a net on the tree that frames the group. The study of the birds and dog, as well as the bush in the foreground, reveal Goya [+]

Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules defeats King Geryon
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This painting depicts the moment after Hercules has killed King Geryon, identified by the crown on his head. The monarch had come to defend his herd of oxen and cows after the god Eurystheus had order [+]

Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
Olympus or The Triumph of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1761 - 1764
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista

This is a sketch for a no-longer extant painting on canvas intended to decorate a ceiling in a building of the imperial court of Russia, whose memory is preserved in an engraving made by Giambattista& [+]

The Recovery of Saint Kitts Island
Oil on canvas. 1634
Castello, Félix
The Recovery of Saint Kitts Island
Oil on canvas. 1634
Castello, Félix

Saint Kitts, Nevis and Sint Eustatius, are Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. After their occupation by the French and English in 1627, they became home bases for pirates. The Spanish expedition [+]

Roman Athletes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello
Roman Athletes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Falcone, Aniello

This work belongs to a group from the History of Rome series for the Buen Retiro Palace. Dedicated to depictions of Roman public pastimes, the group includes athletes, gladiators, chariots, animal fig [+]

Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)
Juan Francisco de Pimentel, Count of Benavente
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1648
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y (Attributed To)

Juan Francisco Alfonso de Pimentel Ponce de León, 10th Count and 7th Duke of Benavente (1584-1652), is portrayed more than half length with a whole host of attributes that confirm is supreme mi [+]

The Infanta Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan (Attributed To)
The Infanta Catalina Micaela
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan (Attributed To)

La infanta Catalina Micaela fue la menor de las dos hijas habidas en el matrimonio del rey Felipe II con su tercera esposa, Isabel de Valois. Nació en Madrid en 1567. Junto a su hermana mayor, Isabel [+]

The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
The Siesta, or Pompeian Scene
Oil on canvas. 1868
Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence

A domestic scene set in classical antiquity. An old man and a youth recline on divans while an attractive young woman plays music on a double flute. Both the clothing and the setting suggest the Greek [+]

Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de
Saint Ambrose absolves the Emperor Theodosius
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1673
Valdés Leal, Juan de

The Emperor Theodosius (4th century AD) prostrates himself before the Bishop of Milan, who absolves him in front of the cathedral and thus allows him to enter. The buildings are vaguely inspired by th [+]

Hunting Party
Oil on canvas. 1775
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Hunting Party
Oil on canvas. 1775
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Goya uses a single work to present two types of hunting —on foot and on horseback— and various types of individuals. In the foreground, one hunter shoots quail while another follows his dog, which sme [+]

The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe
The Surrender of Jülich
Oil on canvas. 1634 - 1635
Leonardo, Jusepe

The capitulation of the Rhenish city of Jülich was one of the most outstanding events at the beginning of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Occupied by Maurice of Nassau’s French troops since 161 [+]

The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Apparition of Saint Peter to Saint Peter Nolasco
Oil on canvas. 1629
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Saint Peter Nolasco, founded the order of Our Lady of Mercy, also known as the Mercederians, whose main objective was to rescue Christians held captive by the Muslims. The convent of la Merced Calzada [+]

Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio
Still Life with Watermelon, Pastries, Bread and Wine
Oil on canvas. 1770
Meléndez, Luis Egidio

Luis Meléndez distinguished himself as the greatest bodegón, or still-life, painter in late eighteenth-century Spain. By this time, the popularity of the genre had declined in Spain and [+]

Air
Oil on canvas. 1675 - 1700
Anonymous
Air
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 [+]

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