Francisco de Goya

Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez

Clasificación
Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1786
Ubicación
Private collection, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
122 x 88 cm (including 2.2 cm from the left edge)
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
17 Feb 2010 / 19 Mar 2012
Historia

This portrait of Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez was painted by Goya for the subject. It is possible that it was produced during the artist's second stay in Andalusia between 1796 and 1797. It belonged to the Marquises of Corvera and subsequently the Marquises of Perinat y Campo Real (Madrid). The work remains in the possession of their descendents today.

Análisis artístico

Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez 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 our knowledge of this figure.

He was also a friend and advisor to Goya, who painted him on several occasions. Here we see him seated in a relaxed pose, resting his right arm on a table which has some papers on it. He is wearing a brown jacket, white shirt, breeches with buckles and white stockings. This portrait is notable for its dark tones, with the brightest highlights being provided by the sitter's stockings and shirt. As in the case of the majority of Goya's portraits, the dark background serves to make the figure stand out.

Exposiciones
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • 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
  • Goya and his times
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1963
    cat. 66
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    p.109, cat.391
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 170, cat.334
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p.286, cat.318
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Juan Agustín Ceán Bermúdez escritor y crítico de Bellas Artes
    José Clisson Aldama
    p. 142
    1982
    Instituto de Estudios Asturianos
  • La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    Nigel (comisario) Glendinning
    p. 135, cat. 36
    1992
    Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
  • Ydioma universal: Goya en la Biblioteca Nacional
    Juliet Wilson-Bareau and Elena M. Santiago
    p. 71, nº 1 y fig. 6
    1996
    Biblioteca Nacional, Sociedad Estatal Goya 96 y Lunwerg
  • Goya 1900
    VVAA
    vol. II, pp.228, 229 (il.) y 230
    2002
    Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales e Instituto del Patrimonio Histórico Español
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués
    cat. 11
    2008
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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