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The Feast of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The Feast of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1628 - 1629
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Documentation of payment received by Velázquez in July 1629 for an image of Bacchus painted at the king`s behest informs us of the work`s approximate date and identifies its intended recipient. [+]

The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques
The Fall of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Jordaens, Jacques

La caída de los gigantes es un episodio brevemente narrado por Ovidio en sus Metamorfosis, Libro I (151-155), en la cual los gigantes que habitaban la tierra querían llegar al cielo y por ello fueron [+]

Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Sisyphus
Oil on canvas. 1548 - 1549
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

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 by a vultur [+]

Dance of Mythological Figures and Villagers
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul
Dance of Mythological Figures and Villagers
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul

A group of peasants dance in agitated frenzy, accompanied by a flutist in a tree. The scene takes place in a landscape that recalls Italy, especially the villa in the background, whose shapes resemble [+]

Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs
Oil on canvas. 1835
Tegeo Díaz, Rafael
Battle of the Lapiths and the Centaurs
Oil on canvas. 1835
Tegeo Díaz, Rafael

According to Ovid, the marriage of Hippodamia to Pirithous sparked a mythical battle between their kinsmen, the lapiths and the centaurs. This theme appealed to artists as symbolising the battle betwe [+]

The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Quellinus, Erasmus

Las Harpías, seres mitológicos mitad mujer mitad pájaro, son perseguidas por Zetes y Calais, los hijos alados de Boreas. Esta historia es narrada por Ovidio pero de manera muy breve en las Metamorfosi [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)
Tityus
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)

The Palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid boasted a full set of the Furias -Tantalus (P3784), Tityus (P3941), Ixion (P3785) and Sisyphus (P3942)-, now in the Museo del Prado; some scholars maintain that t [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Tityus
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Tityus, the son of Jupiter and Elara, appears chained to the boulder in Tartarus while an eagle eternally devours his liver. The Giant received that punishment for attempting to rape one of his father [+]

Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul
Nymphs and Satyrs
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1615
Rubens, Peter Paul

The scene depicted in this painting relates to two stories told by the Roman poet Ovid. In Fasti (V, 121-24), he writes about a goat that suckled the infant Jupiter, who lost one of the lofty horns th [+]

The Death of the Centaur Nessus
Oil on canvas. 1696 - 1697
Giordano, Luca
The Death of the Centaur Nessus
Oil on canvas. 1696 - 1697
Giordano, Luca

Hercules wades effortlessly across the powerful Euenos River while his wife, the beautiful Deianira, requires the aid of the centaur Nessus to do so. While ferrying her across, the centaur attempts to [+]

The Education of Achilles
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)
The Education of Achilles
Oil on panel. 1630 - 1635
Rubens, Peter Paul (And Workshop)

A model for the tapestry on the same subject that belongs to a series of eight about the Greek hero. The Story of Achilles is smaller than other projects by Rubens, but the quality of its sketches, mo [+]

Sísifo
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)
Sísifo
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)

The Palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid boasted a full set of the Furias -Tantalus (P3784), Tityus (P3941), Ixion (P3785) and Sisyphus (P3942)-, now in the Museo del Prado; some scholars maintain that t [+]

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 [+]

Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Tityus
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

In his Metamorphoses Ovid recounts the torments of the Giant Tityus, whose punishment for having attempted to rape the goddess Leto was to have two vultures devouring his continually regenerating live [+]

The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1761
Giaquinto, Corrado
The Birth of the Sun and the Triumph of Bacchus
Oil on canvas. 1761
Giaquinto, Corrado

This is a sketch of the fresco that Corrado Giaquinto painted in the former stairway at the Madrid’s Royal Palace, which is now the Hall of Columns. That fresco, his last work at the Royal Palace, is [+]

Tantalus
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)
Tantalus
Oil on canvas. XVII century
Anonymous (Imitation Of Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto)

The Palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid boasted a full set of the Furias -Tantalus (P3784), Tityus (P3941), Ixion (P3785) and Sisyphus (P3942)-, now in the Museo del Prado; some scholars maintain that t [+]

Ixion
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Ixion
Oil on canvas. 1632
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

The father of the race of centaurs, Ixion was punished by madness for murdering his father-in-law. After he was pardoned he attempted to supplant Jupiter in Juno’s bed and was consequently condemned t [+]

The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul
The Persecution of the Harpies
Oil on panel. 1636 - 1637
Rubens, Peter Paul

In his Metamorphoses, Ovid tells of the moment when the Harpies, monstrous beings that were half bird and half woman, were pursued and killed by two of the Argonauts that accompanied Jason. On this pa [+]

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