Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1788
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
127 x 101,6 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 Jan 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
(NIG 49.7.41)

Signed Dn. Franco Goya ("Don Francisco de Goya", on the piece of paper held in the bird's beak).

El Sr.Dn. MANUEL OSORIO MANRRIQVE DE ZUÑIGA Sr. DE GINES NACIO EN ABR A 11 DE 1784 ("Señor Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, Señor of Ginés, Born 11 April 1784", bottom of canvas).


First owned by the XIII Count of Altamira, who commissioned the work, this painting was sold in 1878 to a private collection. Later, between 1903 and 1925, it belonged to the Bernstein collection (Paris) and from 1925 to 1927 it was owned by Jules S. Bache, who donated it to the museum in 1949.

Análisis artístico

This painting belongs to the series of portraits that Goya made of the family of Vicente Joaquín Osorio Moscoso y Guzmán, XIII Count of Altamira, between 1785 and 1788.

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zúñiga (1784-1792) was the second son of the Count of Altamira.

The full-length portrait shows the subject standing in a slightly rigid position and with an inexpressive posture. He is wearing a bold red suit, with a golden sash tied around his waist. With his right hand he holds a length of string tied to a magpie, which holds in its beak a small piece of paper bearing the painter's signature. At his feet, three cats hungrily watch the magpie whilst on the other side sits a cage containing more birds. All of these elements encourage an allegorical reading of the work, suggesting that it is perhaps a reflection on the fragile frontier that separates the world of childhood from the forces of evil or a commentary on the vulnerability of childish innocence.

  • Spanish Paintings from El Greco to Goya
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    consultant editor Bryson Borroughs. From February 17th to April 1st 1928
  • Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Goya
    M. Knoedler & Co.
    New York
    from April 9st to April 21st 1934
  • Exhibition of Spanish Painting
    Brooklyn Museum
    New York
    from October 4th to 31st 1935
  • A Survey of Spanish Painting through Goya
    Baltimore Museum of Art
    January form 3th to 31st 1937
  • The Bache Collection
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    from June 16th to September 30th 1943
  • Goya: Drawings and Prints
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    from May 4th to 30th 1955
  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • Goya (1746 – 1828)
    Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’Pesaro
    consultant editor Antonio Fortún Paesa. From May 7th to July 4th 1989
  • Goya
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • El Retrato español, de El Greco a Picasso
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from October 20th 2004 to February 6th 2005
  • Goya: Prophet der Moderne
    Alte Nationalgalerie
    from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués
  • Citizens and Kings: Portraits in the Age of Revolution, 1760 -1830
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    from February 3 th to April 20th 2007
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 95, cat.233
  • vol. I, p.274, cat.251
  •, consulted 28-01-10
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