Francisco de Goya

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)

Clasificación
Self-Portrait (Autorretrato)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1773 - 1775
Ubicación
Museo Goya. Colección Ibercaja, Zaragoza, Spain
Dimensiones
59.6 x 44.6 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Ibercaja Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
14 Jan 2010 / 11 Apr 2016
Inventario
231 (1171)
Historia

At the beginning of the 20th century, this painting belonged to Mariano de Ena y Villalba and remained in Zaragoza until 1947, when it was sold to the Marquis of Zurgena (Madrid). It became the property of the Marchioness of La Solana in 1955 and later that of the Count and Countess of Elda, who sold it to Ibercaja in 1997.

Análisis artístico

This is the earliest known self-portrait by Goya. There exist a number of different hypotheses regarding the chronology of this work, with some writers considering it to be a wedding portrait.

Goya depicts himself in a bust portrait and in half profile, looking out at the viewer with an expressive and penetrating gaze. His broad face is selectively lit, showing his rosy cheeks and large head, with his dark head of hair falling loose over his shoulders and blending in with his dress coat and the dark, neutral background.

The portrait is very realistically executed, the pose and mood are pre-Romantic, and we can appreciate a conceptual similarity to the portrait work of Antón Rafael Mengs.

Several copies/replicas of this portrait are known to exist. One of these - mentioned by the Count of La Viñaza - was hung in the gallery of Queen María Cristina de Bourbon. Another, already documented by Carderera, belonged to Zaragoza's casino, from where it came into the possession of the painter Carlos de Haes and finally, after travelling to Paris, arrived at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri (USA), where it is housed for years. Nowadays it is in a private collection.

Exposiciones
  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    Madrid
    1961
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • El Autorretrato en la pintura española. De Goya a Picasso (I parte)
    Fundación Cultural Mapfre
    Madrid
    1991
    consultant editor Wifredo Rincón. From September 26th 1991 to January 8th 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 y Zaragoza (1746-1775). Sus raíces aragonesas
    Museo Goya. Colección Ibercaja
    Zaragoza
    2015
Bibliografía
  • Colección Ibercaja (Catálogo General),
    VVAA
    2003
    Ibercaja
  • Goya y su entorno
    Colección Ibercaja
    Arturo Ansón Navarro
    2003
    Ibercaja
  • Goya, su tiempo, su vida, sus obras
    Conde De La Viñaza
    p. 254, núm. LXLIV
    1887
    Tipografía de Manuel G. Hernández, Impresor de la Real Casa
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 82, cat. 26
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 240, cat. 36
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya. Autorretratos de Goya
    Julián Gállego
    p. 22 y 23 (il.)
    1990
    Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya y Aragón. Familia, amistades y encargos artísticos
    Arturo Ansón Navarro
    pp. 104 (il)-105.
    num. 10
    1995
    Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada de Aragón
    Col. Mariano de Pano y Ruata
  • Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Federico (comisario) Torralba Soriano
    pp. 52 y 53 (il.)
    1996
    Madrid, Gobierno de Aragón y Electa
  • Goya y Zaragoza (1746-1775). Sus raíces aragonesas
    Manuela B. Mena Marqués and VVAA
    pp. 158-159
    2015
    Fundación Goya en Aragón, Ibercaja y Gobierno de Aragón
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