Francisco de Goya

Monk Talking to an Old Woman (Fraile hablando con una vieja)

Monk Talking to an Old Woman (Fraile hablando con una vieja)
Datos Generales
1824 - 1825
Princeton University Art Museum. New Jersey, Princenton, United States
5.7 x 5.4 cm
Técnica y soporte
Watercolor on ivory
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Princeton University Art Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
14 May 2010 / 29 Aug 2022

See Maja and Celestina.

This miniature belonged to the collection of Edward Habich in Cassel. He put the painting up for sale in Stuttgart on 27 and 28 April 1899, and it subsequently belonged to the following collections: William Rothenstein, John Quinn, P. Lorillard, E. John Heidsieck, Robert Maisel and Richard L. Feigen & Company. When the latter owners put the painting up for sale again it was acquired by the Fowler McCormik collection now belonging to the museum where it is housed today.

Análisis artístico

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

This piece depicts a monk and an old woman talking together. The woman's head is covered by a blue veil or scarf. She stares horrified at the viewer as she backs away. By her side, the monk makes a face that suggests he is shouting. The gesture is reminiscent of that made by the monk on the right-hand side of the painting Two Monks belonging to the Black Paintings. As in the case of the paintings of the Quinta del Sordo, these characters are also ugly, disagreeable, and disturbing.

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