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Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)
Danaë and the Shower of Gold
Oil on canvas. 1560 - 1565
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio)

The first Poesie presented to Prince Philip were Danaë (1553, The Wellington Collection) and Venus and Adonis (1554, Museo del Prado, P422), versions of other previous works, but endowed with all [+]

The crucified Christ
Oil on canvas. 1631
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
The crucified Christ
Oil on canvas. 1631
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

Unlike the Christ Crucified (P1161) from the convent of San Plácido, whose authorship and extraordinary merits are uncontested, the present work has produced division of opinions among historia [+]

Charles III dining before the Court
Oil on panel. Ca. 1775
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Charles III dining before the Court
Oil on panel. Ca. 1775
Paret y Alcázar, Luis

In this painting, Paret invites us to attend a daily ritual at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Spain’s King Charles III (1716-1788) sits at the table in presence of his ministers, ambassadors, servants an [+]

Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis
Jupiter and the Gods urging Apollo to take back the Reins of his Chariot
Oil on panel. 1594
Cornelisz. Van Haarlem, Cornelis

The frieze arrangement of the figures places this work in the painter`s classical phase, which began in 1594, the same year as the date on this painting. In Van Thiel`s view, it could be the picture w [+]

José Moñino y Redondo, 1st Count of Floridablanca
Oil on canvas. 1786
Martínez del Barranco, Bernardo
José Moñino y Redondo, 1st Count of Floridablanca
Oil on canvas. 1786
Martínez del Barranco, Bernardo

This is a preparatory sketch for a painting of much larger dimensions (present whereabouts unknown). It depicts the Count of Floridablanca (1728-1808), Charles III’s all-powerful minister, accompanied [+]

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 [+]

Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y
Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. 1630
Velázquez, Diego Rodríguez de Silva y

A figure suddenly appears on the left in a forge where various blacksmiths are working, dressed in an orange robe and wearing a laurel wreath, with rays of light emerging from his head. This is Apollo [+]

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 [+]

Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1577
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte)
Vulcan's Forge
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1577
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte)

It was Ballarin who discovered what is probably the Prado´s finest painting by Jacopo, and one of his most impressive late works, hanging in the Sala de Juntas of the Universidad de Barcelona, where i [+]

Fire
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Palomino y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio
Fire
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1700
Palomino y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio

The allegory takes place in a setting of dark foliage that partly conceals a grotto -the forge of Vulcan- while the sea horizon on the other side is dominated by the crater of a volcano. In the foregr [+]

God reprimanding Adam
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte); Bassano, Francesco
God reprimanding Adam
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1570
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte); Bassano, Francesco

It is surprising that such a significant passage was seldom represented pictorially, whereas there are many examples of the moment immediately after the expulsion from Paradise. Neither was it a frequ [+]

The Sense of Touch
Oil on panel. 1618
Rubens, Peter Paul; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
The Sense of Touch
Oil on panel. 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 [+]

Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Saturn devouring a Son
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Portrayed as an old man in accordance with the conventional method that was faithful to prevailing iconographic precepts, in his right hand the god Saturn clasps a scythe, his inveterate attribute, us [+]

Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul
Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter
Oil on canvas. 1636 - 1638
Rubens, Peter Paul

Peter Paul Rubens executed this painting between 1636 and 1637 on a commission from Philip IV for the Torre de la Parada. The decoration of this royal hunting pavilion, in which other artists such as [+]

The Forge of Vulcan
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte) (Workshop Of)
The Forge of Vulcan
Oil on canvas. Late XVI century
Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo Dal Ponte) (Workshop Of)

The Elements, the last of the series of four canvases conceived by Jacopo after the Noah cycle and the Seasons, is dated around 1576-1577. There are three known incomplete series produced by the botte [+]

Vulcan
Black chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. 1764
Bayeu, Francisco
Vulcan
Black chalk, White chalk on dark toned paper. 1764
Bayeu, Francisco

Desnudo, de pie, de frente, la cabeza de tres cuartos, en escorzo visto desde abajo. Dibujo preparatorio para la figura correspondiente en el fresco de la Caída de los Gigantes en el Palacio Real de M [+]

Idealized head of a woman, called Zenobia
Red chalk on paper. XVI century
Bacchiacca (Copy Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti))
Idealized head of a woman, called Zenobia
Red chalk on paper. XVI century
Bacchiacca (Copy Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarroti))

This is a copy of the famous drawing by Michelangelo –the so-called Zenobia- formerly in de Granducal collection and now in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no. 598 E). Vasari records the Uffizi drawing amo [+]

Mars and Apollo / Mars and Apollo, alternative design
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, Wash on paper. 1566 - 1569
Il Bergamasco
Mars and Apollo / Mars and Apollo, alternative design
Pencil, Grey-brown ink, Wash on paper. 1566 - 1569
Il Bergamasco

In ancient mythology, Mars -the god of War- and Apollo -the god of the Sun, who is associated with omniscient powers of reasoning- come together as a result of Apollo´s discovery of the affair b [+]

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