Francisco de Goya

Leocadia Zorrilla (?)

Clasificación
Leocadia Zorrilla (?)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1814 - 1816
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
82.5 x 58.5 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
01 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(P00722)
Historia

This work might have belonged to Goya's descendents, passing into the possession of Ramón Huerta, who sold the canvas in 1866 for three hundred escudos to the Ministry of Development to be placed in the Trinidad Museum. It has been the property of the Prado Museum since 1872.

Análisis artístico

There are some doubts as to the identity of the subject of this portrait. Traditionally, the sitter was thought to be Josefa Bayeu, the artist's wife, but the date that it was painted - 1798, according to writers such as Sánchez Cantón, Salas, Gassier and Wilson - does not correspond with her age at that time (about 50), and even less so if it is given the earlier date of 1814-1816 indicated by her hairstyle and clothing. Today, the work is considered to be a portrait of Leocadia Zorrilla y Galarza (Leocadia Weiss), the woman who Goya lived with following the death of Josefa in 1812, since her age tallies better with the young woman we see in this canvas.

The half-length portrait shows her seated in an armchair, standing out against the dark, neutral background. She is wearing a transparent white mantilla shawl over a gown with gold detailing on the sleeves, and has a closed golden fan and gloves which lend a touch of elegance to her attire. The viewer's attention is drawn to the sitter's face; she is smiling slightly, her hair worn in an original plaited hairstyle with a high bun which came into fashion in around 1805.

Exposiciones
  • Les chefs-d’œuvre du Musée du Prado
    Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
    Geneva
    1939
    consultant editors Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor y Pedro Muguruza Otaño. From June to September 1939
  • El arte de Goya
    Museo de Arte Occidental de Tokio
    Tokyo
    1971
    from 16th 1971 to January 23th 1972. Exhibited also at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, January 29th to March 15th 1972.
  • Goya
    Palacio de Pedralbes
    Barcelona
    1977
    from April 12th to June 30th 1977
  • Goya (1746-1828). Peintures-Dessins-Gravures
    Centre Cultural du Marais
    París
    1979
    consultant editors Jacqueline et Maurice Guillard
  • Obras maestras de la pintura española de los siglos XVI al XIX
    Museo Pushkin
    Moscow
    1980
    Exhibited also at the State Hermitage Museum, San Petersburgo
  • Du Greco á Goya: chefs-d’œuvre du Musée du Prado et des collections espagnoles
    Geneva
    1989
    Musée d’Art et D’Histoire
  • Goya. La década de Los Caprichos
    Madrid
    1992
    organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • Goya y el Mundo Moderno
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by the Fundación Goya en Aragón at the Museo de Zaragoza, consultant editors Valeriano Bozal and Concepción Lomba Serrano. From December 18th 2008 to March 22nd 2009
  • Goya luces y sombras
    CaixaForum
    Barcelona
    2012
    consultant editors José Manuel Matilla and Manuela B. Marqués. From March 16th to June 24th 2012
Bibliografía
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    p. 138, cat. 425
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    p. 189, cat. 686
  • vol. I, p. 286, cat. 320
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. II, p. 121
  • Nigel (comisario) Glendinning
    La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
    1992
    pp. 178 (il), 376 y 377, cat. 98
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1996
    p. 88 y 89 (il.), cat. 30
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria)
    Goya en tiempos de guerra
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2008
    pp. 444 y 445 (il.), cat. 161
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