- Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
- 101 x 76 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Pinakotheken Kunstareal
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 11 Mar 2010 / 15 Sep 2022
Dn Josef Queraltó / Por / Goya / 1802 ("Don Josef Queraltó, By Goya, 1802", on the letter the subject holds in his left hand).
This painting was in the possession of the Queraltó family in Madrid until 1900, when it had a string of new owners: J. Böhlerm, Munich; James Simon, Berlin; and K. Haberstock, Berlin. It was acquired by the Alte Pinakothek in 1925. Today it is located in the Neue Pinakothek.
This painting was made only three years before the death of its sitter. José Queraltó was a highly prestigious military doctor. In Spain he became chairman of the Royal College of Medicine of San Carlos, in Madrid.
The figure is shown seated and wearing the uniform of the official navy doctor; the neutral background behind him helps to enhance the sense of volume. His dress coat is barely distinguishable from the background, with just the red of the collar and the cuffs standing out. His right hand, as was customary in many of Goya's portraits, is hidden inside his jacket, whilst in his left hand he holds a paper with his own name and the painter's signature.
The brushstrokes employed on the clothing are quick and loose, in contrast to those of the subject's face, which are more deliberate and heavily loaded.
The face shows serenity, elegance and self-assurance.
Pintura española de los siglos XVI al XVIII en las colecciones centroeuropeasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1981consultant editor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez. From December 1st 1981 to January 31st 1982cat. 11
Goya. 250 AniversarioMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1996consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996cat. 119
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 198, cat. 802
vol. I, p. 342, cat. 550
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 170
Goya. 250 AniversarioMadridMuseo del Prado1996pp. 210 (il.), 391 y 392, cat. 119