Francisco de Goya

Juan Meléndez Valdés

Clasificación
Juan Meléndez Valdés
Datos Generales
Cronología
1797
Ubicación
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
Dimensiones
73.3 x 57.1cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
The Bowes Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inscripciones

A Melendez Valdes su amigo Goya. / 1797. ("To Melendez Valdes from his friend Goya./ 1797", lower section)

Análisis artístico

Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés was born in Ribera del Fresno (Badajoz) in 1754. He was a professor of Humanities at the University of Salamanca, and also practised as a magistrate. Above all, he was a distinguished poet. He died in exile in France in 1817.

He is shown in this half-length portrait wearing a dark frock coat and white shirt with a bow at the neck.

A ray of light falls directly on his head, illuminating a face which denotes an intelligent person concerned about the events taking place in Spanish politics at the time.

As in the case of the majority of Goya's portraits, the sitter is depicted against a dark background which allows the artist to emphasize the volume of the figure.

There is a copy or replica of this work which belongs to the Banesto Collection.

Exposiciones
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
Bibliografía
  • p. 188, cat.670
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    vol. I, pp.305 y 306, cat. 403
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria) and PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E. y SAYRE, Eleanor A. (directores)
    Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1988
    24
  • Nigel (comisario) Glendinning
    La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
    1992
    nº 40
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