Francisco de Goya

The Buffoon Don Juan de Austria (El bufón Don Juan de Austria)

Clasificación
The Buffoon Don Juan de Austria (El bufón Don Juan de Austria)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1778 - 1779
Ubicación
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Dimensiones
267 x 165 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Ficha: realización/revisión
11 Nov 2010 / 26 Jun 2012
Inventario
416 (38539)
Inscripciones

Velázquez (lower left).

Goya (lower right).

Historia

See Philip III.

Análisis artístico

This preparatory drawing made for Goya's copy of Velázquez's painting The Buffoon Don Juan de Austria is noticeably more successful than the subsequent first state proof. This might suggest that Goya was unable to properly transfer the drawing to the metal etching plate (which we do not have) and that the resulting problems only grew worse, just as we can see in the second state proof, in which Goya has retouched the plate using burnished aquatint. The difference between the drawing and the first state proof is that the former is sharper and clearer than the latter, and in this preliminary study Goya has managed to more accurately reflect the metallic sheen of the objects displayed at the buffoon's feet.

In both the drawing and the two state proofs, Goya suggests the window but completely ignores the naval battle which can be seen through it in the original painting.

Bibliografía
  • Alcuni stati inediti delle copie di Velázquez incise da Goya
    Emporium
    Enrico Crispoli
    pp. 255-256, fig. 16
    1958
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    cat. 109
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    Pierre Gassier
    cat. 31
    1975
    Noguer
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