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Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María
Self-portrait
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1856
Esquivel y Rivas, Carlos María

Availing himself of trompe l’oeil, the painter portrays himself at the age of 26 in an oval-shaped painting placed on a table surrounded by various items alluding to the theory and practice of the art [+]

Museo del Prado, View of the Main Gallery (Graphoscope)
Albumen on photographic paper. 1882 - 1883
Laurent y Minier, Juan
Museo del Prado, View of the Main Gallery (Graphoscope)
Albumen on photographic paper. 1882 - 1883
Laurent y Minier, Juan

On 24 February 1882, Alfonso Roswag y Nogier, the son-in-law of Jean Laurent and his partner in the firm J. Laurent y Cía., filed a patent application for a device called "the Graphoscope or re [+]

Copy of a Statue of a Nude Woman Seen from the Rear
Pencil, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper. XVI century
Passerotti, Bartolomeo (Attributed To)
Copy of a Statue of a Nude Woman Seen from the Rear
Pencil, Grey-brown ink on yellow paper. XVI century
Passerotti, Bartolomeo (Attributed To)

The model was presumably a bronze statuette, or a plaster cast from such a statuette. To gain proficiency in drawing the human figure artists frequently taught their pupils from such casts and models. [+]

The Nymph Eurydice, Bitten by a Viper
Marble. 1865
Medina y Peñar, Sabino de
The Nymph Eurydice, Bitten by a Viper
Marble. 1865
Medina y Peñar, Sabino de

Eurydice, wife of the musician and poet Orpheus, was bitten by a viper and died of the wound. Her expression here, however, conveys no pain; she seems to be playing with the snake rather than receivin [+]

Athena
White marble. Early I century
Roman Sculptor
Athena
White marble. Early I century
Roman Sculptor

This is a Roman copy of a statue of Athena, created between 450 and 440 B. C. by the Greek sculptor Myron, together with the figure of Marsyas. Installed on the Acropolis of Athens, between the Propyl [+]

The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
The Blossoming of Love
Carrara marble. 1905
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

A representation of the first amorous encounter of a youthful couple. In a style some have called lyrical, Blay transmits the soft warmth of adolescent figures modeled with exceptional realism. They a [+]

Nude Girl (from The Onset of Winter)
Carrara marble. 1892
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
Nude Girl (from The Onset of Winter)
Carrara marble. 1892
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

Blay customarily made versions of fragments of his works, which he handled separately. This sculpture at the Museo del Prado is a fragment from the group titled The Onset of Winter. During his stay in [+]

To the Ideal
Plaster. 1896
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel
To the Ideal
Plaster. 1896
Blay y Fábrega, Miguel

Blay made this extremely delicate and highly idealized sculptural group to show that he was capable of creating works outside of the strictures of realism. As he put it: “I plan to call it White Souls [+]

The penitent Saint Jerome
Bronze. 1844
Piquer y Duart, José
The penitent Saint Jerome
Bronze. 1844
Piquer y Duart, José

This work´s conception -Saint Jerome listening to the trumpets of the Last Judgement- stems from Piquer´s trip to Paris in 1840. That is where he made the plaster original in 1842. Once cast in bronze [+]

Nero and Seneca
Plaster. 1904
Barrón González, Eduardo
Nero and Seneca
Plaster. 1904
Barrón González, Eduardo

Nero and Seneca was awarded a first-prize medal at the National Fine Arts exhibition in Madrid in 1904. Barrón never produced a final version of it, in bronze or marble, making this preparatory [+]

Mercury, variant on ''Hermes Andros-Farnese''
Marble. 150 - 200
Anonymous
Mercury, variant on ''Hermes Andros-Farnese''
Marble. 150 - 200
Anonymous

The ancient ephebe torso was completed in the modern era with a head that recalls portraits of Antinous, the missing limbs and a command baton, which was added as an attribute because the robe folded [+]

Dante in Thought
Bronze. 1908
Suñol y Pujol, Jerónimo
Dante in Thought
Bronze. 1908
Suñol y Pujol, Jerónimo

Renaissance sculptors, is generally considered Suñol’s masterpiece. It offers a realistic portrayal of Dante wearing the laurel wreath of fame and immortality, and holding a book in reference t [+]

The Visitation
Plaster. Before 1886
Samsó, Juan
The Visitation
Plaster. Before 1886
Samsó, Juan

Life-size plaster group of The Visitation, which had already been completed in 1886. It is a composition closely related to The Visitation of 1867 painted by Overbeck - a painting preserved today in S [+]

Our Lady of Covadonga
Plaster. 1908
Samsó, Juan
Our Lady of Covadonga
Plaster. 1908
Samsó, Juan

This work is the plaster model of Our Lady of Covadonga, made for the Covadonga Basilica.The final sculptural group was made of polychrome wood adorned with rhinestones. She presents a formal relation [+]

The Annunciation
Plaster. 1901
Coullaut Valera, Lorenzo
The Annunciation
Plaster. 1901
Coullaut Valera, Lorenzo

The ideal of the Virgin Mary as a feminine archetype of perfection persisted throughout the nineteenth century. An exemplary mother and wife, her resignation to her fate was interpreted as the princip [+]

Sacred Heart
Plaster. 1898 - 1901
Samsó, Juan
Sacred Heart
Plaster. 1898 - 1901
Samsó, Juan

La escayola del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús y su pareja el Sagrado Corazón de María (E1030) fueron los modelos para el encargo de la Reina Regente María Cristina, en 1898, de dos esculturas en mármol de [+]

The Immaculate Conception
Plaster. Second half of the XIX century
Samsó, Juan
The Immaculate Conception
Plaster. Second half of the XIX century
Samsó, Juan

Esta obra, en escayola, es la versión previa de La Inmaculada Concepción realizada en 1880-1881 para el altar mayor de la Iglesia de esta advocación en la calle del ensanche en Barcelona. Ossorio (197 [+]

The Temptations of Saint Anthony
Plaster. 1901
Borrás Abellá, Gabriel
The Temptations of Saint Anthony
Plaster. 1901
Borrás Abellá, Gabriel

The nineteenth century critics saw sculpture as the best artistic medium for expressing the eroticism of the female nude because of the sensuality of its materials and its three-dimensionality. In his [+]

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