Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
8 cm de diámetro
Técnica y soporte
Oil on copper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
23 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Goya made seven miniature portraits, all on sheets of copper and with a circular format, for the wedding of his son, Francisco Javier, to Gumersinda Goicoechea, which took place on 5 July 1805.

This work was acquired by the Prado Museum in 1978.

Análisis artístico

Juana Galarza, wife of the fabric merchant Martín Miguel de Goicoechea, was the mother of four daughters, including Gumersinda, who married Javier Goya. All the women in her family were painted by Goya, along with her husband and her son-in-law. She appears here wearing an elegant dress of white lace, with matching coif, and wrapped several times around her neck she wears a gold necklace, reflecting her elevated economic status, coming as she did from a wealthy bourgeois family.

Her face, standing out against a neutral background in order to give an increased sense of volume, is serious as it looks out at the viewer.

The rapid brushstrokes are most visible in the coif, which is brilliantly executed. The touches of the brush are, according to Manuela Mena, light and free, but still precise, and do not waste time on superficial details.

For more information, see Javier Goya Bayeu.


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    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya. La imagen de la mujer
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from 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 Serraller
  • Antecedentes, coincidencias en influencias del arte de Goya
    Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
    consultant editor Antonio Méndez Casal
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • Las miniaturas en el Museo del Prado
    Museo del Prado
    consultant editor Carmen Espinosa. From October 10th 2011 to February 26th 2012
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    Goya. Antecedentes, Coincidencias e Influencias del arte de Goya
    MadridSociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
    pp. 37 y 38, cat. 7
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    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 200, cat. 849
  • vol. I, pp. 329 y 330, cat. 502
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    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 266, 267, 268 (il.) y 269 (il), cat.
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 222 (il.) y 399, cat. 127
  • CALVO SERRALLER, Francisco (comisario)
    Goya, la imagen de la mujer
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado
    pp. 200 y 201 (il.), cat. 42
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    pp. 212, 213 (il.) y 214, cat. 41
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