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Saint Benedict destroying Idols
Oil on canvas. Before 1662
Rizi, Juan Andrés
Saint Benedict destroying Idols
Oil on canvas. Before 1662
Rizi, Juan Andrés

Cuadro de la serie con escenas de la vida de san Benito que adornaban el claustro del monasterio de San Martín. Felipe de Castro (ca. 1750/1764) se limitó a señalar que "las pinturas del claustro son [+]

Earthly Paradise
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1626
Brueghel el Joven, Pieter
Earthly Paradise
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1626
Brueghel el Joven, Pieter

En esta obra el pintor pone en escena una multitud de aves cantoras. Éstas se posan en las ramas de un árbol que, en acusada diagonal, separa la llanura del bosque; recurso típico de las composiciones [+]

Adam and Eve reprimanded for their Sin
Oil on canvas. 1771
Bayeu, Francisco
Adam and Eve reprimanded for their Sin
Oil on canvas. 1771
Bayeu, Francisco

Sketch for one of the eight segments of the dome of the collegiate church at La Granja, Segovia. These Old and New Testament scenes (destroyed in 1918) glorified the Holy Trinity. God reprimands Adam [+]

The Vision of Dionisio Rickel, The Carthusian
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
The Vision of Dionisio Rickel, The Carthusian
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente

On August 29, 1626, King Philip IV’s painter, Vicente Carducho (ca. 1576-1638), signed a contract for the creation of a cycle of paintings to celebrate the founding of the Carthusian Order by Saint Br [+]

Leatherback Sea Turtle
Oil on canvas. 1597
Tapia, Pedro Juan
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Oil on canvas. 1597
Tapia, Pedro Juan

Found on the beach at Denia (Valencia) on 28 August 1597, this leatherback sea turtle was depicted in a painting in order to record its unexplected appearance on the Mediterranean coast. The painting [+]

Basket of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1668 - 1670
Arellano, Juan de
Basket of Flowers
Oil on canvas. 1668 - 1670
Arellano, Juan de

Resting on a stone base, an openwork wicker basket full of flowers is the subject of this painting. The flowers represent an enormous variety of species, enabling a notably rich range of colours and f [+]

Saint Jerome in Penitence
Oil on canvas. 1546
Lotto, Lorenzo
Saint Jerome in Penitence
Oil on canvas. 1546
Lotto, Lorenzo

Lorenzo Lotto`s various depictions of the penitent Saint Jerome span early versions influenced by Albrecht Dürer and Giovanni Bellini (Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1506) and by young Raphael (M [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Tityus, the son of Jupiter and Elara, appears chained to the boulder in Tartarus while an eagle eternally devours his liver. The Giant received that punishment for attempting to rape one of his father [+]

The Triumph of Divine Love
Oil on panel. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Triumph of Divine Love
Oil on panel. Ca. 1625
Rubens, Peter Paul

In 1625, Archduchess Isabel Clara Eugenia commissioned Rubens to design a series of twenty tapestries for the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid. The subject was the Eucharist, a leading Cath [+]

The Spanish Monarchy
Grisaille, Oil on canvas. 1794
Bayeu, Francisco
The Spanish Monarchy
Grisaille, Oil on canvas. 1794
Bayeu, Francisco

A sketch for a ceiling at Madrid´s Royal Palace, painted in 1794. Bayeu used grisaille technique: a monochrome depiction in shades of gray and chestnut brown. The Spanish Monarchy is represented by an [+]

The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van
The Brazen Serpent
Oil on canvas. 1618 - 1620
Dyck, Anthony Van

This dramatic scene from the Old Testament (Numbers 21, 5-9) depicts the moment when Moses saves his people from the snakes sent by God as punishment for their lack of faith. The bronze serpent on a r [+]

Christ Crucified
Oil on canvas. 1792
Bayeu, Francisco
Christ Crucified
Oil on canvas. 1792
Bayeu, Francisco

The crucifixion of Christ is depicted by the artist in a barren, desolate landscape, a setting essentially undefined thanks to an enormous neutral background intended to heighten its dramatic effect. [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In his Metamorphoses Ovid recounts the torments of the Giant Tityus, whose punishment for having attempted to rape the goddess Leto was to have two vultures devouring his continually regenerating live [+]

Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido
Cleopatra
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1640
Reni, Guido

Cleopatra VII (r. 51-30 BCE) was the sovereign of Egypt and the last representative of its final royal family, the Ptolemaic dynasty. Feeling that all was lost after her armies and those of her Roman [+]

Abundance with the Four Elements
Oil on copperplate. 1606
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel); Clerck, Hendrik de
Abundance with the Four Elements
Oil on copperplate. 1606
Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel); Clerck, Hendrik de

In this painting, Ceres, goddess of agriculture and fertility, is surrounded by fruits and flowers, pictured as the personification of Abundance holding the horn of plenty in her hands. The history of [+]

Abundance
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1625
Brueghel el Joven, Jan
Abundance
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1625
Brueghel el Joven, Jan

This type of allegorical representations of abundance or fecundity was very popular among cabinet paintings from this period. Artists such as Rubens, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Hendrick de Clerck and Hen [+]

Still Life with Fish and Turtle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Recco, Giuseppe
Still Life with Fish and Turtle
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1680
Recco, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Recco, a member of one of the most famous families of Neapolitan still-life painters in the seventeenth century, was born in Naples on 12 July 1634. His vast output was consistently high in q [+]

Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Religion assisted by Spain
Oil on canvas. 1572 - 1575
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

Religion succoured by Spain (c.1572-75), belongs to the last group of paintings that Titian sent to Philip II in 1576, one year before the artist’s death. As such, it is almost seven decades older tha [+]

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