- 1824 - 1825
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, United States
- 6 x 5.9 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Watercolor on ivory
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 05 May 2010 / 29 Aug 2022
- M. M. Karolik F
See Maja and Celestina.
This miniature belonged to Luis Portilla. He put it up for sale in Madrid, together with others that were in his possession, on 16 December 1880. It was later in several different collections: Warwick, Paris; Schidloff, Paris; that of Baron von Schlumberger, Vienna; Thomas Harris, London, around 1938; Vincent Price, Los Angeles, around 1956; Philip Hofer, Cambridge (MA) and, finally, the Boston collection of R. M. Light, from whom the Museum of Boston acquired it on 12 June 1974, through the funds of Mr And Mrs Karolik.
For the artistic and technical analysis of the complete series, see Maja and Celestina.
This miniature shows a bare-chested man holding up a shirt which he is carefully examining for fleas. The man's skin is coloured a pinkish hue, but, despite this, this is still an image of predominantly cold tones, dominated by the black of the background, the shirt and the bold outline of the man. Here we can see how Goya has used a technique similar to "sgraffito", using a sharpened object to scrape away the pigment from certain areas of the shirt, revealing the white ivory underneath and leaving irregular patches.
The art of Goya. Paintings, drawings and printsThe Art Institute of ChicagoChicago1941from January 30th to March 2nd 1941cat. 156
Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1993from 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-Bareaucat. 104
Goya’s last WorksThe Frick Art CollectionNew York2006consultant editors Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi. From February 22nd to May 14th 2006cat. 17
Goya’s Bordeaux miniatures, , , Boston, 1966Museum of Fine Arts Boston BulletinLXIV, 3371966p. 116, cat. 6
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 362, cat. 1679
vol. I, p. 386, cat. 750
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 136, cat. 669
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. IV, p. 219 y p. 335 (il.)
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