- Ca. 1797 - 1800
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, United States
- 105 x 84 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 01 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
This work was probably sold by the Walter Kimball Gallery, in Boston, to Mrs. W. Scott Fitz, who in turn donated it to the museum, in 1910.
The identity of the man depicted in this portrait remains a mystery. He is shown here seated upright in a period armchair and wearing a dark brown jacket and a white shirt with gold detailing at the sleeves and edges. It is interesting that he is concealing both of his hands inside his dress coat, since some scholars of Goya's work claim that painting the sitter's hands raised the price of each portrait considerably.
As is the custom in Goya's portraits, the sitter is shown in front of a dark background. His face is serious, and wears a deep, enigmatic expression.
The shirt that pokes out from underneath the jacket is executed using quick, short brushstrokes, a technique often employed by Goya.
De Barnaba da Modena a Francisco de GoyaMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1939Exposición de pinturas de los siglos XIV al XIX recuperadas por España, consultant editors Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón. July 1939cat. 73
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 189, cat. 687
p. 334, cat. 525
La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando1992cat. 73