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The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y
The dead Christ
Oil on canvas. 1663
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y

In this painting, following His crucifixion and descent from the Cross, the body of Christ lies upon a white cloth. On His left is a beam of the cross bearing the sign that identifies Him as King of t [+]

Tityus in Chains
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1596
Martínez, Gregorio
Tityus in Chains
Oil on canvas. 1590 - 1596
Martínez, Gregorio

This canvas depicts Tityus, a Titan condemned to the eternal punishment of seeing his innards devoured by a vulture. It is inspired by a composition by Michelangelo, who had in turn looked to the Hell [+]

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 [+]

Allegory of Smell
Oil on canvas. 1775
Lagrenée L'aîné, Louis-Jean-François
Allegory of Smell
Oil on canvas. 1775
Lagrenée L'aîné, Louis-Jean-François

Lagrenèe, a member of the Paris Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, trained under Carle van Loo (1705-1765). He travelled in Italy, and worked for the French and Russian courts. This paint [+]

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, [+]

Agnus Dei
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de
Agnus Dei
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Zurbarán, Francisco de

A dark background and a gray table are the setting for this painting’s only motive: a merino lamb between eight and twelve months old. Still alive, it lies with bound feet in an unmistakably sacrifici [+]

A Priest sacrificing for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano
A Priest sacrificing for a Roman Emperor
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Lanfranco, Giovanni Di Stefano

This painting belongs to the Neapolitan group of scenes of ancient Roman life that were ordered in the early to mid 1630s by the Viceroy of Naples, the Count of Monterrey, to decorate the Buen Retiro [+]

The Holy Family with Saint Anne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Pieter Paul
The Holy Family with Saint Anne
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Rubens, Pieter Paul

Peter Paul Rubens, the Flemish Baroque artist, was also a humanist scholar, art collector, and diplomat. In 1628, Rubens went to Madrid to meet with Philip IV, King of Spain (1621-1665), as part of hi [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. 1554
Titian

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all the prestige of the co [+]

The Virgin and Child between Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Roch
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1508
Titian
The Virgin and Child between Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Roch
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1508
Titian

This work was first recorded in 1641 as a work by Titian belonging to the Duke of Medina de las Torres in Naples. It was, however, attributed to Giorgione for centuries until Wilhelm Schmidt again att [+]

The Triumph of Saint Augustine
Oil on canvas. 1664
Coello, Claudio
The Triumph of Saint Augustine
Oil on canvas. 1664
Coello, Claudio

Raised on a cloud, Saint Augustine (354-430) triumphantly combats Hell and Paganism, symbolised by the dragon and classical sculpture below. The compositional dynamism is emphasised by the sinuous for [+]

The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis
The Coronation of the Quintana
Oil on canvas. 1859
López Piquer, Luis

This work shows politician, poet, playwright and tutor to Queen Elizabeth II, Manuel José Quntana (Madrid, April 11, 1772- Madrid, March 11, 1857) on the day of his coronation in the Senate as [+]

The chamber of Philip IV in the Buen Retiro Royal Palace
Oil on panel. 1881
Poleró y Toledo, Vicente
The chamber of Philip IV in the Buen Retiro Royal Palace
Oil on panel. 1881
Poleró y Toledo, Vicente

Mariana of Austria, Queen Consort between 1665 and 1675, talks to the Jesuit priest Nithard, her confessor and confidant, in the presence of her son Charles II, still a minor. The scene takes place in [+]

Saint Bernard and the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1657 - 1660
Cano, Alonso
Saint Bernard and the Virgin
Oil on canvas. 1657 - 1660
Cano, Alonso

This scene from the life of Saint Bernard (twelfth century), depicts the moment when the saint received a stream of milk from a statue of the Virgin and Child, on the altar. A Cardinal watches the mir [+]

The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. Ca. 1566
Morales, Luis de
The Crucifixion
Oil on panel. Ca. 1566
Morales, Luis de

The dimensions, format, theme, support and pictorial style of these three works -The Crucifixion (P8211), Lamentation over the Dead Christ (Museo de Salamanca, CE106) and The Resurrection (P8212)- all [+]

Apparition of the Virgin to a Community of Dominicans
Oil on panel. 1493 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro
Apparition of the Virgin to a Community of Dominicans
Oil on panel. 1493 - 1499
Berruguete, Pedro

In response to Satan’s attacks on the early Dominicans, a procession is established in honour of the Virgin in which the "Salve Regina" is sung. In this panel, which was executed for the altarpiece of [+]

Young Man drawing
Oil on panel. XVIII century
Palthe, Gerhard Jan
Young Man drawing
Oil on panel. XVIII century
Palthe, Gerhard Jan

Inside a room, a young man is copying a classical bust by candlelight. Since 1910 this work appears in the Museo del Prado catalogues as signed and dated on the lower left angle (G. J. Palthe f. 1732) [+]

George Legge, Viscount Lewisham
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo
George Legge, Viscount Lewisham
Oil on canvas. 1778
Batoni, Pompeo

Batoni combined the sobriety and naturalism of Neo-classical portraiture with the elegance and sensual appeal of Italian painting. George Legge, an English aristocrat making the Grand Tour, was a frie [+]

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