- Ca. 1789 - 1799
- Museo Goya. Colección Ibercaja, Zaragoza, Spain
- 154 x 110 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Ibercaja Collection
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 24 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
At the beginning of the 20th century, this work belonged to the collection of the Marchioness of Casa Torres, later forming part of two other Spanish collections. Ibercaja acquired it in 1998 through Christie's of London.
For a long time, Goya's authorship of this work was questioned. However, thanks to technical research carried out in 1997 by the Prado Museum, the painting remains attributed to the artist.
The x-rays that were made show that underneath the visible portrait there exists another, painted in 1789, which served as the model for other replicas (for example, that in the Royal Academy of History). Goya painted over the top of that work in order to adapt the image of the queen to a more up-to-date model, conceived in 1799, probably with the intention of either selling the work or making a gift of it.
Whilst maintaining the composition and the position of the figure, the face and the background objects (the crown and the ermine robe), Goya repainted the dress, transforming it into one in the imperial style, made from fine gauze and featuring golden embroidered motifs. He replaced the feather headdress with a turban, making it necessary to darken the background, and completely changed the sitter's right arm, concealing the hand that previously held a fan.
Goya. La imagen de la mujerMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid2001from 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 Serrallercat. 62
Las parejas reales de Goya. Retratos de Carlos IV y María Luisa de ParmaZaragozaReal Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis1997cat. 21, p. 26.
Goya, la imagen de la mujerMadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado2001pp. 246-247 (il.), cat. 62
Goya y su entornoColección IbercajaZaragozaIbercaja2003pp. 214-215 (il.)