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Landscape with Diana and Acteon
Oil on panel. Ca. 1608
Clerck, Hendrik de; Alsloot, Denis Van
Landscape with Diana and Acteon
Oil on panel. Ca. 1608
Clerck, Hendrik de; Alsloot, Denis Van

Hunting in the woods, Acteon stops on the banks of a stream when he sees Diana and her nymphs bathing nude on the opposite bank. Fascinated by their beauty, he observes them with a challenging and amu [+]

The Rape of Europa
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Bassano, Leandro
The Rape of Europa
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Bassano, Leandro

The lack of an autograph work of this theme by Jacopo suggests that the idea for the composition came from Francesco at the end of the 1570s, by which time he had gained greater independence from his [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

El rapto de Europa por parte de Júpiter lo narra Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis en el libro II (838-875): "(...)Se atrevió también la princesa, sin saber a quién montaba, a sentarse sobre el lomo del toro [+]

The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco
The judgement of Paris
Oil on canvas. 1650 - 1660
Albani, Francesco

Francesco Albani was a much favoured pupil of Annibale Carracci. His success was partially due to mythological paintings such as The toilet of Venus (P1) and The judgement of Paris (P2), whose refined [+]

Landscape with Mercury and Herse
Oil on panel. Ca. 1635
Francken II, Frans; Wildens, Jan
Landscape with Mercury and Herse
Oil on panel. Ca. 1635
Francken II, Frans; Wildens, Jan

In The Metamorphosis, the poet Ovid very precisely describes the moment when Mercury, on his way to Athens, met a group of Nymphs carrying offerings to the goddess Palas. Mercury immediately fell in l [+]

Diana and her Nymphs hunting
Oil on oak panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs hunting
Oil on oak panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Recognizable by the crescent-moon-shaped diadem on her head, Diana hunts deer with spears and dogs, accompanied by various nymphs. The extremely horizontal composition is one of the peculiarities of t [+]

Cybele and the Seasons within a Garland of Fruit
Oil on panel. 1615 - 1618
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Cybele and the Seasons within a Garland of Fruit
Oil on panel. 1615 - 1618
Balen, Hendrick Van; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Two nymphs and numerous cupids hold a garland that frames a medallion where an offering to Ceres is depicted. The goddess of the Earth and of agriculture is shown being crowned by Spring while allegor [+]

Vault with the Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy
Fresco-secco, Fresco painting on wall covering. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca
Vault with the Apotheosis of the Spanish Monarchy
Fresco-secco, Fresco painting on wall covering. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca

The vault of the former Hall of Ambassadors at the Buen Retiro Palace, constructed alongside the former Royal Quarters of San Jerónimo at the behest of the Count-Duke of Olivares as a royal res [+]

Ceres and Two Nymphs
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans
Ceres and Two Nymphs
Oil on canvas. 1615 - 1617
Rubens, Peter Paul; Snyders, Frans

Goddess of grains and the harvest, Ceres holds some corn cobs in her right hand while, with the left, she holds a horn of plenty. Two nymphs fill the cornucopia with fruits, symbolizing the Earth´s ge [+]

Diana bathing with her Nymphs
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1624
Poelenburch, Cornelis Van
Diana bathing with her Nymphs
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1624
Poelenburch, Cornelis Van

The scene here unfolds in the foreground, which is occupied by a large rocky outcrop and trees and on the right opens onto a luminous landscape enclosed by mountains in the background. The spatial tra [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Rubens, Peter Paul (Copy After Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))
The Rape of Europe
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Rubens, Peter Paul (Copy After Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))

Rape of Europa is a faithful copy made by Peter Paul Rubens in Madrid after an original by Titian. It shows the Phoenician princess Europa after she was abducted by Zeus, who had taken on the form of [+]

The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
The Andrians
Oil on canvas. 1523 - 1526
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Having delivered the Bacchus and Ariadne in 1523 Titian then painted The Andrians, also inspired by Philostratus (Imagines I, 25). The scene is set on the island of Andros, a place so favoured by Bacc [+]

Water
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Ezquerra, Jerónimo Antonio
Water
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Ezquerra, Jerónimo Antonio

This wooded landscape with the ocean in the background is the setting for a group of maritime allegories. In the foreground, a male figure next to some rapids personifies one of the great rivers that [+]

Hercules killing the Dragon in the Garden of the Hesperides
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Hercules killing the Dragon in the Garden of the Hesperides
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Rubens painted this scene for Philip IV of Spain. It shows Hercules fighting with the dragon which guarded the Garden of Hesperides, to where the hero had travelled in search of the golden apples that [+]

The Rape of Europe
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Rape of Europe
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

Europe turns a last glance at her companions, who are located outside the composition, as Jupiter carries her away. The god was profoundly enamored of her and transformed into a bull in order to appro [+]

Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and her Nymphs surprised by Satyrs
Oil on canvas. 1639 - 1640
Rubens, Peter Paul

Diana the huntress is resting with her court of Nymphs in a clearing in the woods when she is attacked by a group of Satyrs. Rubens turned this painting into a virtuoso exercise in composition. In the [+]

Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul
Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul

The scene depicted in this painting relates to two stories told by the Roman poet Ovid. In Fasti (V, 121-24), he writes about a goat that suckled the infant Jupiter, who lost one of the lofty horns th [+]

Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
Diana and Callisto
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

The Roman poet Ovid, in his book Metamorphosis (III, 401-532), tells the story of Diana and the nymph Callisto. Zeus was attracted to the nymph and took the form of Diana to seduce and rape her. Diana [+]

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