Francisco de Goya

The Duke of San Carlos (El duque de San Carlos) (sketch)

Clasificación
The Duke of San Carlos (El duque de San Carlos) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1815
Ubicación
Private collection, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
59 x 43 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
19 Apr 2010 / 23 Nov 2011
Historia

This is a preparatory study for the final portrait. It was in the collection of the Marquis of La Torrecilla, followed by that of the Count and Countess of Villagonzalo, and was finally inherited by its current owners.

Análisis artístico

In this oil sketch of the head of the Duke of San Carlos we can see in greater detail the sitter's physiognomy and its characteristic features such as the sharp, curved nose, the prominent lower jaw and the short-sightedness expressed by his strained gaze. Goya was extremely careful to represent the duke with realism whilst at the same time smoothing out his defects, which is probably why he made this preparatory study of the subject's head. The short bust portrait we see here pays little attention to the details of the duke's dress coat or the medals and other elements, which are all depicted only sketchily, if at all.

The sketch is very similar in appearance to those made for the group portrait The Family of Charles IV, with the reddish primer left clearly visible.

Exposiciones
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Spanish paintings
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1920
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From Apri to -May 1928
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya: The Condesa de Chinchón and other Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from Spanish and American
    The National Gallery of Art
    Washington
    1986
  • Goya (1746 – 1828)
    Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’Pesaro
    Venecia
    1989
    consultant editor Antonio Fortún Paesa. From May 7th to July 4th 1989
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
  • Goya
    Nationalmuseum
    Stockholm
    1994
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • Goya en las colecciones españolas
    Sala de Exposiciones del BBVA
    Madrid
    1995
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From December 14th 1995 to February 17th 1996
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. II, p. 199, cat. 488
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 297, cat. 1543
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 362, cat. 634
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 129, cat. 589
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. IV, p. 38
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya
    Julián Gállego
    p. 126, cat. 47 y p. 127 (il.)
    1992
    Electa
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