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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 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, [+]

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

In late 1629, the thirty-year-old Velázquez went to Italy for the first time, remaining there for more than a year. During this trip he executed various history paintings, some portraits and at [+]

Garland surrounding the Virgin Mary
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1660
Verendael, Nicolaes Van
Garland surrounding the Virgin Mary
Oil on copperplate. 1640 - 1660
Verendael, Nicolaes Van

A lush garland of flowers, including roses and jasmine, surrounds a grisaille bust of the Virgin Mary. The motif of the Virgin surrounded by a garland of flowers was very frequent in Baroque Flemish p [+]

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 [+]

Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Paul the Hermit
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1634
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint 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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1550 - 1555
Titian
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. 1550 - 1555
Titian

This work joins the two known compositions on this subject by the artist, one in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice (ca. 1530-1532) and the other in El Escorial (1565-1570). When he produced a pain [+]

Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1645
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del
Saint John the Baptist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1645
Castillo Saavedra, Antonio del

The figure depicted here is recognizable as Saint John the Baptist by his clothing, the lamb that accompanies him, the cross with its banner, the stream running at his feet and the shell with water al [+]

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 [+]

Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian
Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1550
Titian

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 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 [+]

The Three Graces
Oil on oak panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Pieter Paul
The Three Graces
Oil on oak panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Pieter Paul

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, there were three Graces: Aglaia, which means radiance; Euphrosine, which means joy; and Thalia, which means flowering. Born of one of Zeus’s affairs, the three Graces w [+]

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 [+]

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