- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 72 x 59 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 24 Mar 2010 / 16 Jun 2023
Mayquez / Por Goya / 1807. (en el ángulo inferior derecho, sobre el brazo, pintado en blanco).
The exact circumstances in which this portrait was commissioned are not known, but we do know that in 1808, the year after it was painted, it was exhibited at the Royal Academy of San Fernando. In 1872 the Spanish Ministry of the Interior sent it to the National Painting Museum of La Trinidad, from where it subsequently entered the collection of the Prado Museum.
Isidoro Máiquez (Cartagena, 1768-Granada, 1820) was considered to be one of the greatest stage actors of all time, as well as being a writer and director. He studied in Paris thanks to the help of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, of whom he was protégé. One of his greatest performances was in bringing Shakespeare's Othello to life in 1802. Following the Spanish War of Independence, and owing to his liberal ideals, he was banished from the court to Granada, where he died.
Here the sitter is shown seated in a large armchair, wearing a grey buttoned jacket and bright white shirt. The most striking feature in this painting is the subject's face, which is brightly lit and is looking calmly out at the viewer with a melancholy air, displaying a pair of thick dark sideburns, in keeping with the fashion of the period.
Goya used rapid brushstrokes, giving the sensation that this portrait remains an unfinished work.
According to Margarita Moreno de las Heras, this simple portrait follows a model that is very similar to that used by the painter to depict his intellectual friends such as Moratín.
Another version of this same portrait (Isidro Máiquez), also considered autograph, is in the collection of the Art Institute de Chicago
Les chefs-d’œuvre du Musée du PradoMusée d’Art et d’HistoireGeneva1939consultant editors Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor y Pedro Muguruza Otaño. From June to September 1939cat. 15
GoyaPalacio de PedralbesBarcelona1977from April 12th to June 30th 1977cat. 30
De El Greco a GoyaPalacio de Bellas ArtesMexico D.F.1978November-December 1978cat. 39
Obras maestras de la pintura española de los siglos XVI al XIXMuseo PushkinMoscow1980Exhibited also at the State Hermitage Museum, San Petersburgocat. 31
Goya. 250 AniversarioMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1996consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996cat. 130
Francisco de Goya: Maleri, Tegning, GrafikkNasjonalgallerietOslo1996from 10th to April 14th 1996cat. 21
Goya y el Mundo ModernoMuseo de ZaragozaZaragoza2008organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragón at the Museo de Zaragoza, consultant editors Valeriano Bozal and Concepción Lomba Serrano. From December 18th 2008 to March 22nd 2009cat. 5
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsBibliography']['numberParís1928-1950p. 186, cat. 473
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaBibliography']['numberParísOffice du livre1970p. 201, cat. 858
BarcelonaPolígrafa1970vol. I, p. 340, cat. 542
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.Bibliography']['numberZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. IV, p. 35
Goya. 250 AniversarioBibliography']['numberMadridMuseo del Prado1996pp. 224 (il.), 401 y 402, cat. 130
Goya y el Mundo ModernoBibliography']['numberZaragozaFundación Goya en Aragón y Lunwerg2008p. 98 (il.), cat. 5