Francisco de Goya

Juan de Villanueva

Juan de Villanueva
Datos Generales
Ca. 1800 - 1805
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
90 x 67 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
Ficha: realización/revisión
14 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Villanueva / por Goya ("Villanueva, by Goya", on a piece of paper on the table).

Análisis artístico

Juan de Villanueva (Madrid, 1739-1811) was a well-known architect, and a leading exponent of neoclassical architecture. His most important work was the Natural History Museum, which became the Prado Museum in 1814.

Goya painted his portrait in the final years of his life.

The subject is sitting before a neutral background, in front of a table on which plans of his various projects are laid out. He is holding one of them in his hands and gives the impression of addressing himself directly to the viewer, about to explain the project to us. He is wearing the uniform of academician of the Royal Academy of San Fernando: a dark blue dress coat and a red waistcoat. The sideways slanting light illuminates his face, bringing into focus his wrinkles and letting us see his gaze, still alert and vivid, and the faint smile crossing his lips.

Gudiol draws our attention to the fact that Goya leaves this painting with a half-finished quality, allowing the brushstrokes to be recognised for what they are, without providing smooth finishes, but rather giving a clearly identifiable tactile quality.

  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 161, cat. 448
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 198, cat. 803
  • vol. I, p. 335, cat. 529
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 148
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