- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 74 x 60 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 07 Mar 2010 / 16 Jun 2023
This work comes from the Royal Collection. In 1814 it was housed in the Royal Palace in Madrid. It entered the Prado Museum's collection some time before 1834, since it appears in the inventory of the Royal Museum for that year, very probably together with the Family of Charles IV (La familia de Carlos IV). It appears for the first time in the Prado's catalogue in the 1872 edition.
This is the most completed of the ten sketches of individual figures which Goya produced during his visits to Aranjuez in preparation for the group portrait Family of Charles IV. It is one of five housed in the Prado Museum.
Francisco de Paula Antonio of Bourbon (Madrid, 1795-1865) was the youngest son of Charles IV and María Luisa of Parma, although there was a popular rumour that he was actually the son of Manuel Godoy (then Prime Minister) as part of the defamation campaign against the Favourite and the Queen. He married his niece, Luisa Carlota of Bourbon-Dos Sicilias in 1819, and the couple produced a son, the Infante Francisco of Assisi, who would eventually become the consort to Queen Isabel II.
The half-length portrait is made especially attractive by the child's evident personality. He is shown wearing the sash and cross of the Order of Charles III.
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