Francisco de Goya

Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez

Clasificación
Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1783
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
84 x 62 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
24 Jan 2010 / 19 Mar 2012
Historia

This portrait was made to thanks the Bank of San Carlos pictures entrusted and in commemoration of the institution offical appoinment in 1783.

Análisis artístico

Juan Agustín Cean Bermúdez (Gijón, 1749 - Madrid, 1829) was a painter, historian and art critic. He also had a career in government as First Official of the Secretariat at the Banco Nacional de San Carlos (Spain's national central bank). He was a friend of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, and worked for a time at the General Archives of the Indies in Seville. He travelled throughout Spain, and was the author of the Diccionario histórico de los más ilustres profesores de Bellas Artes en España (Historical Dictionary of the Most Illustrious Professors of Arts in Spain), published in 1800 by the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1814 he published a biography of Jovellanos, a work fundamental to a knowledge of this figure. Goya went on to produce other portraits of his friend and advisor: an oil painting and drawing. The present work may have been painted when Bermúdez was named First Official of the Banco Nacional de San Carlos.

He is depicted standing against a dark background dressed in a dark frock coat and waistcoat and carrying a pencil in his left hand.

It is a simple portrait, without the solemnity which marks other portrayals by Goya of prominent figures of the age: in this case, the sitter is characterized by his kind, affable expression.

Exposiciones
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From April to May 1928
  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    Madrid
    1961
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
Bibliografía
  • Goya, su tiempo, su vida, sus obras
    Conde De La Viñaza
    p. 240, cat. LXXI
    1887
    Tipografía de Manuel G. Hernández, Impresor de la Real Casa
  • Goya, pintor de retratos, t. I
    Aureliano de Beruete Y Moret
    p. 173, nº 89
    1916
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 94, cat. 222
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 263, cat. 172
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol.I, pp. 150 y 265 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Jovellanos aficionado y coleccionista
    Javier González Santos
    pp. 88-89
    1994
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