Francisco de Goya

Ignacio Garcini

Ignacio Garcini
Datos Generales
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
104 x 83 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ficha: realización/revisión
17 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
( 55.145.1)

Dn / Ignacio Garcini por Goya 1804 ("Don Ignacio Garcini, by Goya, 1804", lower left-hand corner).


This painting remained in the possession of the sitter himself until his death, when it was left to Doña Rosa Garcini and Arizcun, of Madrid, and then to Vicente Garcini de Madrid, followed by Ricardo de Madrazo. It was sold to Colonel Oliver H. Payne of New York, to be inherited by his nephew, Harry Payne Bingham, who bequeathed it to the museum in 1955.

Análisis artístico

Don Ignacio Garcini y Queralt was Brigadier of the Corps of Engineers when Goya painted this portrait. His wife, Josefa Castilla-Portugal, also posed for the artist, with the two works forming a pair.

This three-quarter length portrait shows the subject before a dark background, giving an increased sense of volume. He is in military uniform, with the cross of the Order of Santiago - which he joined in 1806 - on his chest and which must have been added after the painting was finished. In his left hand he holds a sabre, of which only the hilt is visible, whilst his right hand is concealed inside his jacket. A beam of light illuminates Don Igacio's face, which is full of personality.

The details on the uniform, the cuffs of the jacket, the buttons, the medals and the collar, are all painstakingly rendered.

The hair, executed using light, delicate brushstrokes, further confirms Goya's skill as a painter of portraits.

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    Wildenstein and Co. Gallery y New York University
    New York
    consultant editors Vladimir Visson y David Wildenstein in collaboration with Ima N. Ebin. From November 9th to December 16th 1950
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    from May 4th to 30th 1955
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