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Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on canvas. 1612 - 1614
Maíno, Fray Juan Bautista
Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on canvas. 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 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 [+]

The Crucifixion
Oil on panel . 1509 - 1519
Flandes, Juan de
The Crucifixion
Oil on panel . 1509 - 1519
Flandes, Juan de

Documents at Palencia Cathedral cast light on this Crucifixion’s original location -the central row of the main altarpiece at that cathedral- and its author: Juan de Flandes (doc. 1496-1519). They als [+]

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 [+]

Saint Dominic of Guzmán
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1685
Coello, Claudio
Saint Dominic of Guzmán
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1685
Coello, Claudio

Spanish saint Dominic de Guzmán (1170-1221) founded the Dominican Order, which became one of the most powerful and influential religious groups in Catholic Europe, partially as a result of its [+]

Christ as the Man of Sorrows
Oil on canvas. 1641
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de
Christ as the Man of Sorrows
Oil on canvas. 1641
Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de

In this image of Christ embracing the Cross, all of the elements converge to communicate suffering, sacrifice and resignation. In contrast to much visual iconography of the Passion, the Cross is repre [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronés, Paolo
Venus and Adonis
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
Veronés, Paolo

Like its pair, Cephalus and Procris (Strasbourg Museum), this canvas illustrates a passage from the Metamorphoses by the Roman poet Ovid. Both stories involve love cut short by death, in this case tha [+]

The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul
The Rape of Ganymede
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul

Jupiter was so taken with Ganymede´s beauty that he transformed into an eagle to carry him off to Mount Olympus, where he became his cup-bearer. Rubens drew this story from the classical poet, Ovid´s [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

Susanna and the Elders
Oil on canvas. 1617
Guercino
Susanna and the Elders
Oil on canvas. 1617
Guercino

Historian Denis Mahon has masterfully shown that this painting and two other famous works by Guercino -Lot and his daughters (Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid) and The return of the Prodigal Son (Gall [+]

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 [+]

Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter Paul (And Workshop)
Mercury and Argus
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Pieter 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 [+]

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 [+]

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