Francisco de Goya

Charles IV on Horseback (Carlos IV a caballo)

Clasificación
Charles IV on Horseback (Carlos IV a caballo)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1800 - 1801
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
336 x 282 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
02 Mar 2010 / 01 Oct 2012
Inventario
287 (P00719)
Historia

This painting was recorded as being located in the Royal Palace in Madrid in 1814. It entered the Prado Museum's collections in 1819.

Análisis artístico

The work is part of a pair: its companion painting is the portrait of María Luisa of Parma.

King Charles IV (1748-1819) is shown wearing the navy blue Colonel's uniform worn by the Royal Guards, adorned with the sash of the Order of Charles III, the Order of Saint Januarius and the Order of the Golden Fleece.

The two pieces show the influence of the equestrian paintings produced by Velázquez for the Salón de Reinos ("Hall of the Kingdoms") in the Buen Retiro Palace, in particular his portrait of Margaret of Austria, which Goya had made an etching of in 1778.

According to Goya himself, this subject was "one of the most difficult that a painter could be offered", demonstrating the problems that he faced in executing this work - as we can appreciate from the clear lack of anatomical accuracy in the proportions of the horse.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 196, cat. 776
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 309, cat. 422
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. III, p. 118
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    pp. 196 (il), 386 y 387, cat. 112
    1996
    Museo del Prado
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