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Kitchen still life with a hare and two partridges
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1785
Nani, Mariano
Kitchen still life with a hare and two partridges
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1785
Nani, Mariano

Utilising an almost photographic, frontal composition that enhances the naturalism of the image, Mariano Nani here depicts with great descriptive effectiveness the catch from a day’s hunting, which ha [+]

Girl with a Rose
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Reni, Guido
Girl with a Rose
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1631
Reni, Guido

The girl’s unspecific appearance suggests that it is not a portrait. It may be an allegory of the senses or of virtue. The canvas dates from the latter part of Reni’s career when he considerably reduc [+]

Saint Peter weeping
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca
Saint Peter weeping
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1697
Giordano, Luca

Pintura de devoción privada en la que Giordano presenta a San Pedro arrepentido derramando lágrimas de aflicción, después de haber negado a Cristo por tres veces. Con la mirada elevada al cielo, las m [+]

The Burial of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1572
Titian
The Burial of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1572
Titian

Titian represented the Gospel account of the burial of Christ (Matthew 27: 57-61; Mark 15: 44-47; Luke 23: 50-54; John 19: 38-42) on several occasions. There is a notable difference between his first [+]

Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian
Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian

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 [+]

Man wearing an Ermine Collar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Anonymous (Circle Of Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))
Man wearing an Ermine Collar
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1555
Anonymous (Circle Of Titian (Tiziano Vecellio))

Stylistically very close to Titian, this well painted canvas is not in fact by his hand. The sitter’s elevated social status is indicated by his carefully painted clothes while the inscription states [+]

The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Tintoretto, Domenico
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1585
Tintoretto, Domenico

Dressed in camel skins, Saint John the Baptist baptizes Christ in the River Jordan. According to the New Testament, the Holy Ghost descended at that very moment in the form of a dove —depicted in the [+]

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 [+]

The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1775 - 1780
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1775 - 1780
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

The pyramidal composition and precise, polished forms of both the bodies and the drapery, all emphasised by the intense illumination, indicate the continuing and direct influence of Anton Rafael Mengs [+]

The Painter Francisco Bayeu
Oil on canvas. 1795
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Painter Francisco Bayeu
Oil on canvas. 1795
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Court Painter, Director of the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid and a key artistic figure in the period, Bayeu was Goya’s brother-inlaw and their relations were at times extremely tense. This portra [+]

The Actor Isidoro Máiquez
Oil on canvas. 1807
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Actor Isidoro Máiquez
Oil on canvas. 1807
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

The son of actors, Isidoro Máiquez was born in Cartagena in 1768. Supported by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, he studied in Paris with the celebrated thespian Francisco José Talma (1763- [+]

The Injured Mason
Oil on canvas. 1786 - 1787
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Injured Mason
Oil on canvas. 1786 - 1787
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Two workers carry another, who has been wounded in a work accident. The scaffolding in the background reveals the underlying subject as workers´ safety. The painting is an example of Goya´s social pre [+]

The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
The Death of Hercules
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

This episode, which illustrates Hercules’s death, was narrated in great detail by Baltasar de Victoria, who tells how the hero killed Nessus the centaur for having attempted to rape Hercules’s bride, [+]

Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules separates Mounts Calpe and Abylla
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules is shown making a great effort at the center of the composition. His legs are spread and gently flexed as he leans forward with bowed head and arms resting on two metal grips bolted to two en [+]

Hercules fighting with Antaeus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Hercules fighting with Antaeus
Oil on canvas. 1634
Zurbarán, Francisco de

Hercules puts the North-African giant to death in yet another demonstration of his capacity to combine cleverness and strength. The creature’s mother was Gaea, goddess of the Earth, who doubled his st [+]

Luis de Góngora
Oil on canvas. After 1622
Anonymous (Copy After Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y)
Luis de Góngora
Oil on canvas. After 1622
Anonymous (Copy After Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y)

By 1599, Francisco Pacheco had already begun work on his Libro de descripción de verdaderos retratos de ilustres y memorables varones (Book of Descriptions of True Portraits of Illustrious and [+]

Meleager and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1640 - 1650
Jordaens, Jacob
Meleager and Atalanta
Oil on canvas. 1640 - 1650
Jordaens, Jacob

This mythological scene is drawn from the Metamorphoses of Roman poet Publio Ovidio Nason, one of the texts on ancient mythology that had the greatest intellectual impact on 17th-century Flemish artis [+]

The Virgin in Prayer
Oil on oak panel. Ca. 1529
Massys, Quinten (? Massys, Jan)
The Virgin in Prayer
Oil on oak panel. Ca. 1529
Massys, Quinten (? Massys, Jan)

The position of the figures, looking at each other, is common for diptych paintings. However, we do not know if these were originally painted as pendants to each other. In 1597, this panel and Virgin [+]

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