This was painted by Botticelli, an Italian painter from the Renaissance. What does he mean by positioning the two figures the way he does and why did he paint the architecture around the angel in such exaggerated angles? And in this picture, why is Rembrandt laughing? What is he laughing about? About himself? About life? Is he laughing at us? What is the message in this letter? We feel like we would like to know. I am Alejandro Vergara. I am Jennifer Calles. From the Carlos III University in Madrid we invite you to explore with us the history of European paintings. Art moves us, it feeds our souls. Large numbers of people visit the world’s great museums, such as this, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, but we can feel lost in them. We need help to understand paintings, to learn why and when and how they were painted, to know about their authors and the times and places where they were made. In this course we will see many beautiful images. We will also see some that are troubling or intimate or elegant. Our goal is simple: we want to help you understand them better so you can enjoy them more. In this portrait we can see a child. At first sight it seems like a pleasant image, what we would expect in a portrait of a young boy. But then we see something strange. Why are these animals in the portrait? They seem menacing. This painting is by Goya, an artist who at age eighty wrote that he was still learning. We share his curiosity. We have a lot to learn from art.