Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1805
Ubicación
Museum of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Dimensiones
8 cm de diámetro
Técnica y soporte
Oil on copper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Government of Aragon
Ficha: realización/revisión
23 Mar 2010 / 28 Jul 2017
Inventario
179 (97.67.2)
Historia

Goya made seven miniature portraits, all on sheets of copper and with a circular format, for the wedding of his son, Francisco Javier, to Gumersinda Goicoechea, which took place on 5 July 1805. As well as this portrait of the bride, he made ones of the parents of Gumersinda, her three sisters, and the groom and Goya's son, Javier Goya.

This portrait, of Gumersinda, has been in various collections: Alejandro Pidal, Madrid; Salas Bosch, Barcelona; Goupil collection, Paris; and Bergerat, Paris.

It was acquired by the Museum of Zaragoza in 2003.

Análisis artístico

Gumersinda Goicoechea was the wife of Javier Goya, the artist's son. Their marriage was a great cause of concern to Goya, who had to support them economically for many years. In compensation, the artist was overjoyed at the birth of the couple's son, Marianito. In this small portrait, Gumersinda, wearing a raffia hat decorated with a pink ribbon and a dress that features a slightly revealing neckline, looks straight out at the viewer. Her gaze, which does not reveal excessive happiness, is somewhat distant. Once again, Goya was able to masterly depict his psychological insight into the sitter.

In terms of the technique, Goya used the layer of reddish primer itself to create shadows that increase the sense of volume of the figure, particularly around the neck.

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Exposiciones
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2001
    from October 30th 2001 to February 10th 2002. Exhibitied also at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 10th to June 2nd 2002, consultant editor Francisco Calvo Serraller
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
Bibliografía
  • Goya. Antecedentes, Coincidencias e Influencias del arte de Goya
    Enrique Lafuente Ferrari
    pp. 37 y 38
    1947
    Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 200, cat. 845
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, pp. 329 y 330, cat. 506
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    pp. 266, 267, 268 (il.) y 269 (il), cat.
    1993
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya, la imagen de la mujer
    Francisco (comisario) Calvo Serraller
    pp. 196 y 197 (il.), cat. 39
    2001
    Museo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado
  • Museo de Zaragoza. Guía
    Miguel, et al. Beltrán Lloris
    pp. 348 y 349 (il.), cat. 296
    2003
    Gobierno de Aragón
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués
    pp. 212, 213 (il.) y 214, cat. 44
    2008
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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