Francisco de Goya

Maja and Celestina (Maja y celestina)

Maja and Celestina (Maja y celestina)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1778 - 1780
Mac-Crohon Collection, Madrid, Spain
75 x 113 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Mac-Crohon Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Apr 2010 / 02 Dec 2022

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.

  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 90, cat. 153
  • vol. I, p. 243, cat. 50
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    cat. 153
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