Francisco de Goya

Heads of a Boy and an Old Woman (Cabezas de niño y vieja)

Heads of a Boy and an Old Woman (Cabezas de niño y vieja)
Datos Generales
1824 - 1825
Private collection
5.5 x 5.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Watercolor on ivory
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
17 May 2010 / 28 Jul 2017

See Maja and Celestina.

This piece came from the collection of Juan Bautista Muguiro, one of Goya's friends in Bordeaux. It was published by Xavier de Salas. Today it is in a private collection.

Análisis artístico

For the artistic and technical analysis of the complete series, see Maja and Celestina.

An old woman with long white hair is shown talking to a rosy-cheeked blond boy. Going by the smile on the boy's face, the conversation seems to be an amusing one. Although the subject matter is cheerful, the boy's features are exaggerated and his smile comes across as somewhat grotesque. The old woman has more delicate features, even though they are still executed using broad brushstrokes.

  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya: Prophet der Moderne
    Alte Nationalgalerie
    from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués
  • Goya’s last Works
    The Frick Art Collection
    New York
    consultant editors Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi. From February 22nd to May 14th 2006
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 136, cat. 687
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. IV, p. 218
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    pp. 324-325, 380, cat. 102 y p. 326 (il.
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya’s last works
    Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi
    p. 138, cat. 18 y p. 139 (il.)
    The Frick Collection and Yale University Press
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