Francisco de Goya

Maja and Two Majos (Maja y dos majos)

Maja and Two Majos (Maja y dos majos)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1776 - 1777
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, United States
183 x 100 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Apr 2010 / 30 Jan 2020
369 (94.245)

This work belonged to the Spanish ambassador in Paris, Quiñones de León. It was subsequently the property of Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi (Ancona, 1878-Florence, 1955) and entered the collection of H. Kress in 1928.

Análisis artístico

Three people are engaged in conversation in a garden; in the centre is a man wearing a cloak and a wide-brimmed hat. On the right, a second majo holds the arm of the female maja, who is on the left-hand side of the group.

This painting has some important similarities to some of the tapestry cartoons that Goya made for the Royal Textile Factory of Santa Bárbara in Madrid. However, just as the guidebook of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston tells us, there is no evidence that any tapestry was ever made from this image.

The protagonists of this painting clearly recall the three figures that Goya placed in the foreground of the tapestry cartoons entitled A Walk Through Andalucía and Maja and Cloaked Men (1777, Prado Museum, Madrid). The male figure with the cloak and hat from the work in the American museum is dressed in the same way as the cloaked man seated on a rock in the Prado cartoon.

In his representation of this rather picturesque character, Goya may have used the drawing on page 4r of his Italian Sketchbook, a study in the rendering of drapery which has many elements in common with the man wearing a cape we see here in Maja and Two Majos.

See Maja and Celestina and A Walk Through Andalucía.


  • Francisco Goya: His Paintings, Drawings and Prints
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    from January 27th to March 8th 1936
  • Museum the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston
    cat. 36
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 90, cat. 148
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 243, cat. 49
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 93, cat. 57
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