Francisco de Goya

Bernardo de Iriarte

Bernardo de Iriarte
Datos Generales
Fine Arts Museum, Strasbourg, France
108 x 86 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Strasbourg Fine Arts Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
02 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

D. Bernardo Yriarte Vice protr. de la Rl. Academia de las tres nobles / Artes, retratado por Goya en testimonio de mutua estimacn. y afecto. año de / 1797 ("Don Bernardo Iriarte, Vice-President of the Royal Academy of the Three Noble Arts, painted by Goya as a token of mutual respect and affection. [In the] year 1797", lower part of the canvas)


This work went from the Groult collection to the Dorouais collection in Paris. In 1941 it entered the collection of the Strasbourg Fine Arts Museum.

Análisis artístico

Bernardo Iriarte was born in Puerto de la Cruz (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) in 1735. He was a member of the State Council, Vice-Protector of the Royal Academy of San Fernando and member of the Council of the Indies. A man of progressive ideas, he belonged to the government of Joseph Bonaparte, for which he was forced to go into exile in France upon Ferdinand VII's return to Spain. He died in Bordeaux in 1814.

In this half-length portrait, Goya paints him seated in a chair with his back held very upright. He would have been sixty years old but appears much younger, a technique that Goya used if the sitter so requested. The neutral background gives prominence to the figure, who is wearing a tight-fitting greyish-brown velvet jacket, accompanied by a white shirt with frills at the neck and sleeves. He is wearing the medal of the Order of Charles III. His right hand holds a small red book, whilst his left is hidden from view.

A shaft of light coming from away to the left lights up the face of this ilustrado, along with the back of the chair, where we can appreciate some yellow embroidery which adds a further touch of colour to the scene.

According to Juan J. Luna, the almost awkwardly upright position of the figure is a resource that the painter used in this period to emphasize certain ideas about his sitters and to emphasize their predominant position in a world that was moving faster and faster towards an end that appeared imminent.

There exists a non-autograph copy of this work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

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    Musée Jacquemart-André
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
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    Exhibitied also at Grand Palais, París y Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
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    organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993
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    Museo Nacional del Prado
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