Francisco de Goya

Allegory of Love (Alegoría del Amor)

Allegory of Love (Alegoría del Amor)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1798 - 1805
Ubicación
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Dimensiones
220.5 x 155.3 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Ficha: realización/revisión
24 Feb 2010 / 26 Mar 2012
Inventario
101 (MNAC 64996)
Historia

We do not know who commissioned this work. It belonged to the collection of Laffite, who put the work up for auction. The auction took place in Paris on 7 March 1861, and the work was sold under lot number 33 for 620 francs. It was then part of the García de Quesada collection in Jaén until 1900 when it entered the Hernández García y Quevedo collection. Until 1928 it formed part of the collection of the Marchioness of Bermejillo del Rey, when it passed to the collection of Francesc Cambó. He left the work to the National Art Museum of Catalonia in 1949, and the work was entrusted to that institution in 1954.

Análisis artístico

This is a large, highly erotic work whose protagonists have traditionally been interpreted as being Cupid and Psyche, although they do not exactly match the characteristics of those two mythological characters. In his essay for the catalogue of the Cambó collection, Buendía posits that this encounter represents an allegory of Love.

This is an unusual theme within Goya's output, which featured few mythological subjects. From its likeness to portraits of Ferdinand Guillemardet, Jovellanos, or the Marchioness of Lazán, it has been dated at around 1800. The artist's style is above all present in the glazes of the woman's dress.

Stylistic similarities have been found between this painting and the work of Fragonard and Pierino del Vaga, although it is with Titian's style that this composition best fits, in the line of Tarquin and Lucretia, which featured in the royal collections of Madrid between 1571 and 1813.

Exposiciones
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928
  • - III Bienal Hispanoamericana del Arte. Precursores y maestros de la pintura y escultura contemporán
    Palacio Municipal de Exposiciones and Palau de la Virreina
    Barcelona
    1955
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • La collecció Cambó
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1990
    exhibited also at the Sala Sant Jaume, Barcelona, January 31st to March 31st 199. From October 9th to December 31st 1990
  • Prefiguració del Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
    Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
    Barcelona
    1992
    from July 27th to November 30th 1992
  • Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1996
    consultant editor Federico Torralba Soriano. From October 3th to December 1st 1996
  • Goya e Italia
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragóna, consultant editor Joan Sureda Pons. From June 1st to September 15th 2008
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 117, cat. 67
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 165, 194, cat. 745
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 339, cat. 541
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 116, cat. 401
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. III, p. 142 y p. 100 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Cupido y Psique
    in PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E., et al, Colección Cambó (catalogue of the exhbition Museo Nacional del Prado from 9th october to 31st december 1990, and at the Sala Sant Jaume de Barcelona from 31st of january to 31st of march 1991)
    José Rogelio Buendía
    pp. 392-401
    1990
  • Goya e Italia, 2 vols.
    Joan (comisario) Sureda Pons
    vol. II, p. 329, cat. 356
    2008
    Fundación Goya en Aragón y Turner
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