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The Rape of Hippodamia
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
The Rape of Hippodamia
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

Like Fortuna (P1674) and the Marriage of Peleus and Thetis (P1634), the Rape of Hippodamia was part of the massive cycle of mythologies designed by Peter Paul Rubens in 1636-37 for the Torre de la Par [+]

Cincinnatus abandons the Plough to dictate Laws to Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1806
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio
Cincinnatus abandons the Plough to dictate Laws to Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1806
Ribera y Fernández, Juan Antonio

The hero of Republican Rome, Lucius Quinctius Cinncinatus had abandoned public life and retired to farm work. This painting depicts the moment when various representatives of the Senate offer to name [+]

The Penitent Magdalene in the Grotto of Sainte-Baume
Oil on panel. 1612 - 1614
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista
The Penitent Magdalene in the Grotto of Sainte-Baume
Oil on panel. 1612 - 1614
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista

On 14 February 1612 Juan Bautista Maíno signed the contract to execute the paintings for the monastery church of San Pedro Mártir in Toledo. Maíno agreed to a period of eight mont [+]

The Baptism of Christ
Oil on panel. Ca. 1567
Navarrete "el Mudo", Juan Fernández
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on panel. Ca. 1567
Navarrete "el Mudo", Juan Fernández

This panel was the first painting produced by the artist when he started working for Philip II at the monastery of El Escorial. He had just returned from Italy, and already displayed a remarkable abil [+]

Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1634
Dyck, Anthony Van
Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1634
Dyck, Anthony Van

An inventory from 1636 describes this striking portrait of the Infante Ferdinand: A half-length portrait, which the Marquis of Leganés brought back, of the Infante Ferdinand in the dress and ma [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

According to Ovid (Metamorphosis, book V), in order to avoid her husband Jupiter´s infidelities, the goddess, Juno, converted the nymph, Io, into a lamb and called on Argos, the shepherd, to look afte [+]

The Martyrdom of Father Andrés, Prior of the Seiz Charterhouse
Oil on canvas. 1626 - 1632
Carducho, Vicente
The Martyrdom of Father Andrés, Prior of the Seiz Charterhouse
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 [+]

Perspective View of a Roman Amphitheatre
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano
Perspective View of a Roman Amphitheatre
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1638
Gargiulo, Domenico, Called Micco Spadaro; Codazzi, Viviano

This painting was one of four views of ancient Roman life commissioned around 1638 for the Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid. Two of the other works depict a Roman circus and a Roman gymnasium respectively, [+]

Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
Marriage of Peleus and Thetis
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

As with the Rape of Hippodamia (P01658), this marriage scene was commissioned from Rubens as part of the mythological cycle drawn from Ovid´s Metamorphoses, which was to serve as the main artistic dec [+]

Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano
Exterior of Saint Peter’s, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1636
Codazzi, Viviano

This painting depicts the façade of Saint Peter’s as it was designed by the architect Carlo Maderno and before the re-modelling undertaken by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who had the clock tower on th [+]

Cupid spurning Riches
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1654
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Cupid spurning Riches
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1654
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

Guido Reni`s painting shows a young Cupid facing the viewer, with the seashore behind him, his left leg bent and left foot resting on a slab of stone. Cupid raises his left hand to a dove and with his [+]

Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido
Cupid
Oil on canvas. 1637 - 1638
Reni, Guido

Guido Reni`s painting shows a young Cupid facing the viewer, with the seashore behind him, his left leg bent and left foot resting on a slab of stone. Cupid raises his left hand to a dove and with his [+]

Philip V on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1723
Ranc, Jean
Philip V on Horseback
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1723
Ranc, Jean

Wearing half-armour and accompanied by an adjutant, the King is presented against a scene of battle with cavalry troops behind him in the panoramic background. Above the monarch, a winged Victory figu [+]

Fortune
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
Fortune
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

In the autumn of 1636, Peter Paul Rubens was commissioned by agents of Philip IV to produce his largest series of painted canvases to decorate the recently completed hunting lodge at El Pardo, near Ma [+]

Divine and Profane Love
Oil on canvas. 1813
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
Divine and Profane Love
Oil on canvas. 1813
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

A young male spirit symbolizing Virtue sits at the foot of an oak tree wearing a laurel crown. He looks to the heavens offering the crown he obtained after his victory over Earthly Love. Conquered and [+]

Landscape with Leto and the Peasants Transformed into Frogs
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVII century
Agüero, Benito Manuel de
Landscape with Leto and the Peasants Transformed into Frogs
Oil on canvas. Third quarter of the XVII century
Agüero, Benito Manuel de

This work´s subject is quite uncommon in Spanish painting, although frequent in Italian seicento works. It is drawn from Ovid´s Metamorphoses (VI, 337-382), which narrates how, fleeing Jun [+]

An Offering to Flora
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der
An Offering to Flora
Oil on canvas. 1627
Hamen y León, Juan Van Der

A lady seated in a garden is handed a basket of roses by a boy. The profusion of flowers around her and the crown on her head, as well as her location in a courtly garden with a statue in the backgrou [+]

Warrior with a shield
Pencil, Pencil ground, Red chalk, Grey-brown ink, Wash on brown paper. Second quarter of the XVI century
Romano, Giulio (Giovanni Francesco Penni)
Warrior with a shield
Pencil, Pencil ground, Red chalk, Grey-brown ink, Wash on brown paper. Second quarter of the XVI century
Romano, Giulio (Giovanni Francesco Penni)

This and the drawing D1807, Standing warrior, resting his foot on the head of a dragon, are companions and have remained together from at least as long ago as the late eighteenth century, when they we [+]

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