Francisco de Goya

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos

Clasificación
Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1780 - 1782
Ubicación
Asturias Museum of Fine Arts, Oviedo, Spain
Dimensiones
185 x 110 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid
Ficha: realización/revisión
24 May 2010 / 22 Mar 2013
Inventario
143 (en depósito)
Historia

This work entered the collection of Oviedo's Fine Arts Museum in April 2000 as a long-term deposit from the Spanish state, received from the Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico company in lieu of corporation tax payments. It previously belonged to the Valls & Taberner Collection, in Barcelona.

Análisis artístico

This work entered the collection of Oviedo's Fine Arts Museum in April 2000 as a long-term deposit from the Spanish state, received from the Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico company in lieu of corporation tax payments. It previously belonged to the Valls & Taberner Collection, in Barcelona.

In this full-length portrait, Jovellanos is portrayed standing in an outdoor setting, with a coastal landscape in the background, which has been identified as the beach at San Lorenzo (Gijón). The subject is shown in a relaxed pose, with one leg crossed over the other, leaning on a walking stick held in his right hand, with a hat in his left hand. He is wearing a greenish-coloured dress coat, waistcoat, white shirt with frills at the neck and the cuffs, short breeches, white stockings, and black shoes with silver buckles. On his chest he wears the insignia of the Order of Alcántara. His face, at once serene and full of concentration, is looking out towards the horizon.

In the sea behind him we can see two boats close to the coast, and another two further out.

The painting may have been made to commemorate the trip Jovellanos made to Gijón in 1782, after spending several years away from his native land.

An x-ray of the painting has confirmed the existence of an earlier portrait underneath this one. It depicts a young, as yet unidentified woman, and is also attributed to Goya.

For biographical information, see Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos.

Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 94, cat. 217
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p.262, cat. 171
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Jovellanos por Goya. Precisiones históricas e inconográficas sobre dos conocidos retratos
    Boletín del Museo del Prado
    Javier González Santos
    31
    1992
    Museo Nacional del Prado
  • Jovellanos aficionado y coleccionista
    Javier González Santos
    pp. 82-84
    1994
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