Location Country: Spain

If you suddenly found yourself the heir to a royal throne that your family members felt belonged to them, then what steps would you take to advertise that you are indeed the rightful inheritor?

Gil de Siloé, The Tomb of Juan ...

The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.

El Escorial, Spain

Virgin from Ger (detail)
Delicate and brightly colored, this statue from Spain combines elegance with solidity, the human with the divine.

Virgin from Ger

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Las Meninas - detail
This puzzling painting about painting is half genre scene, half family portrait. But what’s on the large canvas?

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas