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Francisco Zurbaran - Saint Peter Nolasco-s VisionSaint Peter Nolasco's VisionFrancisco Zurbaran

The painting and its companion-piece was commissioned by the Mercedarian Monastery in Seville shortly after the canonization of Pedro Nolasco who four centuries before established a lay Order for freeing the Christians from Moorish captivity. In his vision Peter of Nolasco, in the white robe of his ...

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - St James the Greater Conquering the MoorsSt James the Greater Conquering the MoorsGiovanni Battista Tiepolo

Legend has it that the Apostle St James the Greater appeared to the Spaniards as they fought the Moors at the battle of Clavijo and that, with the help of this heavenly apparition, they achieved victory. Ever since that time the Apostle has been venerated by the Spanish people as their patron saint ...

Caravaggio - Michelangelo Merisi - The AnnunciationThe AnnunciationCaravaggio - Michelangelo Merisi

The Annunciation is an oil painting by the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, finished around 1608. It housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy. The painting has been considerably damaged and retouched, and what remains of Caravaggio's brushwork is the angel, who bears a resemblanc...

El Greco - Dominikos Theotokopoulos - The Burial of Count OrgazThe Burial of Count OrgazEl Greco - Dominikos Theotokopoulos

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is a painting by El Greco, a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. Widely considered among his finest works, it illustrates a popular local legend of his time. An exceptionally large painting, it is very clearly divided into two sections, heave...

Jacques-Louis David - St Roch Asking the Virgin Mary to Heal Victims of the PlagueSt Roch Asking the Virgin Mary to Heal Victims of the PlagueJacques-Louis David

David's first independent commission was for an altarpiece for the chapel of the Lazaret (or quarantine centre) in Marseille, France's major Mediterranean port, and a place that lived in continual fear of contagion brought by travellers from the East. The picture was to commemorate a miraculous epis...

Francisco Zurbaran - The Death of St. BonaventuraThe Death of St. BonaventuraFrancisco Zurbaran

The church of the Franciscan college San Buenaventura in Seville was adorned by a narrative cycle on the life of St Bonaventura, the renovator of the Franciscan order. Between 1626 and 1628 Herrera painted the four scenes describing the saint's youth, placed on the left wall of the nave; Zurbarán wa...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - The Rest on the Flight into EgyptThe Rest on the Flight into EgyptLucas Cranach The Elder

The Virgin has settled down to rest in a meadow on the edge of a forest. Supported by her, the child Jesus reaches out for the strawberries which an angel is offering him. Another angel is drawing water from a spring, a third is bringing a bird, while others sit in the grass and make music. Joseph, ...

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - Bellerophon on PegasusBellerophon on PegasusGiovanni Battista Tiepolo

The ceiling fresco is conceived as an illusionistic view of the heavens, where Bellerophon rides upon the white winged-steed Pegasus towards Glory, untroubled by the old man with the lance at the bottom of the picture, who can no longer harm him. Glory is personified by a female figure in golden yel...

Francisco Zurbaran - A Cup of Water and a RoseA Cup of Water and a RoseFrancisco Zurbaran

This painting depicts a fine white ceramic cup filled with water, resting on a silver saucer, adorned with a single rose on a wooden tabletop. The flower here could refer to rose water, a perfumed drink popular in the 17th century, or have a deeper, religious significance. The motif of the cup fille...

Thomas Cole - The Voyage of Life, ManhoodThe Voyage of Life, ManhoodThomas Cole

The Voyage of Life series, painted by Thomas Cole in 1840, is a series of paintings that represent an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. The paintings follow a voyager who travels in a boat on a river through the mid-19th century American wilderness. I...

Claude Monet - Impression, SunriseImpression, SunriseClaude Monet

Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) is a painting by Claude Monet. It gave rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. Although it seems that the sun is the brightest spot on the canvas, it is in fact, when measured with a photometer, the same brightness (or luminance) as the sky. Dr...

Francisco Zurbaran - St. Hugo of Grenoble in the Carthusian RefectorySt. Hugo of Grenoble in the Carthusian RefectoryFrancisco Zurbaran

Zurbarán's painting of a Carthusian refectory intensely reflects the ideal of this order of hermit monks: simplicity, sobriety and quiet contemplation. The room is unadorned, but for a painting showing the Virgin and Child with John the Baptist in the wilderness - an inspiration to the monks. An arc...

Edouard Manet - The FiferThe FiferEdouard Manet

The Fifer or Young Flautist is a 1866 painting by Edouard Manet. Manet painted The Fifer after a trip (1865) in Spain, where he discovered the work of Diego Velázquez. Facing the monochrome background, strongly colored highlights the figure based on but a reduced palette of colors, dominated the imp...

Jan Vermeer - Lady Standing at a VirginalLady Standing at a VirginalJan Vermeer

Lady Standing at a Virginal is a genre painting created by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer in about 1670-1672 and now in the National Gallery, London. The oil painting depicts a richly dressed woman playing a virginal in a home with a tiled floor, paintings on the wall and some of the locally manufact...

Titian - Tiziano Vecelli - Sacred and Profane LoveSacred and Profane LoveTitian - Tiziano Vecelli

Sacred and Profane Love (also called Venus and the Bride) is an oil painting by Titian, painted around 1513–1514. The painting was commissioned by Niccolò Aurelio, a secretary to the Venetian Council of Ten (so identified because his coat of arms appears on the sarcophagus or fountain in the centre ...

Pablo Picasso - Guernica (1937)Guernica (1937)Pablo Picasso

Guernica is a painting by Pablo Picasso. It was created in response to the bombing of Guernica, Basque Country, by German and Italian warplanes at the behest of the Spanish Nationalist forces, on 26 April 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Republican government commissioned Picasso to c...

Matthias Grünewald - An Apostle from the Transfiguration1An Apostle from the Transfiguration1Matthias Grünewald

An Apostle from the Transfiguration is a 1511 artwork (Black chalk on brownish paper, heightened with white) by the German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald. It (146 x 208 mm) is located today in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.

Francisco De Goya - The Burial of the SardineThe Burial of the SardineFrancisco De Goya

The Burial of the Sardine (Spanish: El entierro de la sardina) is an oil-on-panel painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya, usually dated to the 1810s. The title is posthumous, referring to the culminating event of a three-day carnival in Madrid ending on Ash Wednesday. Masked and disguised revelle...