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Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale
Venus, Adonis and Cupid
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1590
Carracci, Annibale

Venus, the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, is accidentally wounded by one of her son Cupid´s arrows, which triggers her passion for Adonis. This love story ends with the tragic death of the he [+]

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 [+]

The Flight into Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1633
Turchi, Alessandro
The Flight into Egypt
Oil on canvas. 1630 - 1633
Turchi, Alessandro

Alessandro Turchi´s The flight into Egypt, early 1630s, was donated to the Museo del Prado by Ferdinand VII, founder of the museum, before 1833. The painting had not been in the Spanish Royal Collecti [+]

Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de
Apollo and the Python
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Vos, Cornelis de

The scene represents a passage from Ovid´s Metamophoses. After killing the monstrous Python, Apollo falls victim to one of Cupid´s arrows, which inflames his impossible love of Jupiter´s daughter, Dap [+]

Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

The subject is drawn from the narration in Jacobo de la Voragine`s 13th-century Golden Legend of Saint Anthony the Abbot`s voyage to the Egyptian desert to visit Saint Paul, the first Christian hermit [+]

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

In classical mythology, Silenus was the guardian of forests. He was supposed to raise Bacchus when the latter was a child. Rubens depicts him in the customary manner: with goat ears and a scraggly bea [+]

Tobias and the Angel
Oil on canvas. 1858 - 1863
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo
Tobias and the Angel
Oil on canvas. 1858 - 1863
Rosales Gallinas, Eduardo

According to the Bible, Tobias was standing by a river when he was attacked by a giant fish. He was saved by his guardian angel. The painting shows the protagonist seeking refuge from the angel. The l [+]

View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A masterpiece in the history of Western landscape painting, in which Velázquez set out his idea of landscape without any narrative excuse to justify it, this Roman scene and its companion work [+]

Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The painting is a faithful visualisation of Genesis 30, 9-19 in which Eve is blamed for accepting the forbidden fruit (although the type of fruit is not stated, Titian follows tradition and opts for a [+]

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 [+]

Garden Scenes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Colombo, Giovanni Battista
Garden Scenes
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1765
Colombo, Giovanni Battista

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The Glory of Saints
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Glory of Saints
Oil on canvas. 1755 - 1756
Giaquinto, Corrado

Standing on clouds at the center of the composition, Moses points toward the sunbeams shining down from the sky. Beneath him, Abraham and Isaac are accompanied by the sacrificial lamb. To the left of [+]

The Birth of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María
The Birth of Venus
Oil on canvas. 1842
Esquivel, Antonio María

The delicate figure of Venus, goddess of love and beauty, rises out of the waves on a large scallop shell supported by naiads crowned with seaweed. Using a refined technique, Esquivel respects the cla [+]

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 [+]

Allegory of Dusk
Oil on canvas. 1819
Madrazo y Agudo, José de
Allegory of Dusk
Oil on canvas. 1819
Madrazo y Agudo, José de

The allegories, The Hours of the Day, were painted in 1819 by José de Madrazo in Rome just before his return to Spain, to be used in the decoration of the small palace in Madrid known as Casino [+]

The Painter's Family
Oil on canvas. 1621 - 1622
Jordaens, Jacob
The Painter's Family
Oil on canvas. 1621 - 1622
Jordaens, Jacob

This attractive group portrait, one of the most interesting of the 17th-century Dutch school on account of its bourgeois spirit with aristocratic leanings, is an extraordinary skilful depiction of the [+]

Saint Cecilia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Poussin, Nicolas
Saint Cecilia
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1635
Poussin, Nicolas

Cecelia, patron saint of music, sits before a harpsichord that rests on a pedestal conceived as a sculpture, reading a score held by two child angels. She is wrapped in ocher robes that partially hide [+]

The Sense of Hearing
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Hearing
Oil on panel. 1617 - 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

This set of paintings on the five senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) was one of the most successful collaborations of Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel “the elder.” Rubens placed his figure [+]

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