- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
- 104 x 82 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 18 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Da. Josefa Castilla. de / Garcini. pr. Goya 1804 ("Doña Josefa Castilla de Garcini, by Goya, 1804").
This work remained in the possession of the sitter until her death, when it was left 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.
Doña Josefa Castilla-Portugal & van Asbroeck de Garcini (1775-1850) was the wife of Don Ignacio Garcini y Queralt, who was also painted by Goya in the same year, the two works forming a pair.
The sitter was twenty-nine years old and pregnant when Goya painted her.
She is shown in front a black background, making her stand out much more, and seated on a red divan. She wears a white, empire-line dress with a pronounced neckline that emphasizes her bust, and is resting her hands on her belly and holding a closed fan. This pose recalls that of the portrait of the Countess of Chinchón, now in the Prado Museum. Her loose, golden hair, which reaches all the way down to her waist, is perhaps the most striking feature of this portrait. The sitter's rosy face appears tired, and she gives the impression of having her thoughts elsewhere. The position of the arms is not very well executed, as if Goya had not taken a great interest in this part of the work.
In general, the painting as a whole is not exceptional either for its detail or for its precision, though the fabric of the dress has been carefully rendered to magnificent effect.
Goya 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 107
A loan exhibition of Goya (for the benefit of the Institute of Fine Arts New York University)Wildenstein and Co. Gallery y New York UniversityNew York1950consultant editors Vladimir Visson y David Wildenstein in collaboration with Ima N. Ebin. From November 9th to December 16th 1950cat. 19
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Goya. La década de Los CaprichosMadrid1992organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993cat. 68
Goya en PonceMuseo de Arte de PoncePonce1995consultant editor María Luisa Cancela Ramírez Arellano. From May 13th to September 30th 1995
Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York1995consultant editors Colta Ives and Susan Alyson Stein. From September 12th to December 31st 1995
Goya. La imagen de la mujerMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid2001from October 30th 2001 to February 10th 2002. Exhibitied also at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 10th to June 2nd 2002, consultant editor Francisco Calvo Serrallercat. 67
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L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 152, cat. 439
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Goya, la imagen de la mujerMadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado2001pp. 256 y 257 (il.), cat. 67
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