- Ca. 1795
- The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States
- 86 x 68 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 22 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
This work belonged to the old collection of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, the Marquis of Villafranca, in Madrid, subsequently passing to the collection of Messrs Boussod and Veladon in Paris, the collection of Jacques Doucet and the Colnaghi collection in London, before it was acquired by the institution where it is currently housed.
Goya painted the Duke of Alba in a half-length pose, sitting upright with his left hand placed inside his jacket. He wears a sash over his striped waistcoat, a medal on his dark frock coat and a white tie. He is looking directly at the viewer. This work may be part of a pair of paintings including a portrait of the sitter's mother, the Marchioness of Villafranca.
According to Gudiol, the strength of the drawing takes precedence over the pictorial aspect of the work, contributing to the solidity and objective clarity of this portrait.
A reproduction print of this work carried out by Manuel Salvador Carmona also survives in the Spanish National Library in Madrid.
There is another version of this work (oil on canvas, 86 x 71 cm, Private Collection, Madrid) usually considered not a signed copy, except for Jose Camon Aznar.
For more biographical information see María Antonia Gonzaga Caracciolo, marquesa de Villafranca.
La Duquesa de Alba y Goya. Estudio biográfico y artísticoMadridBlass1928p. 201
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 64, cat. 345
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 170, cat. 349
vol. I, p. 290, cat. 336
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982t. II, p. 121
La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando1992nº 23