Francisco de Goya

Maja and Celestina (Maja y celestina)

Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1778 - 1780
Ubicación
Mac-Crohon Collection, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
75 x 113 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Mac-Crohon Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Apr 2010 / 14 Feb 2012
Historia

Formerly in the Acebal de Arratia Collection, Madrid

Análisis artístico

Just as Gudiol tells us, both this canvas and Maja and Two Majos may have been experiments for cartoons or even finished cartoons which the Royal Textile Factory of Santa Bárbara, for which Goya worked, either did not accept or never used.

A young woman, wearing a low-cut dress and reclining on a rock in a natural setting, looks out at the viewer, lost in thought. She appears to be turning a deaf ear to the advice of the aged procuress who sits behind her, wearing a scarf on her head.

The theme of prostitution, implicit in this work, would later be dealt with by Goya in some of the etchings in the artist's Caprices series (no. 14, A pretty piece of advice and no. 17, It is nicely stretched). It also appears in Album B or the Sanlúcar-Madrid Album (1796), which includes the scene entitled Maja and Celestina Waiting Underneath an Arch. The artist would also return to the subject of the maja and her celestina in a canvas painted several years later.

Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 90, cat. 153
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 243, cat. 50
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    cat. 153
    1974
    Rizzoli
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