Francisco de Goya

Infanta María Josefa of Spain (María Josefa de Borbón y Sajonia, infanta de España)

Infanta María Josefa of Spain (María Josefa de Borbón y Sajonia, infanta de España)
Datos Generales
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
72 x 59 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
07 Mar 2010 / 15 Sep 2022

This work comes from the Royal Collection. In 1814 it was housed in the Royal Palace in Madrid. It entered the Prado Museum's collection some time before 1834, since it appears in the inventory of the Royal Museum for that year, very probably together with the Family of Charles IV (La familia de Carlos IV). It appears for the first time in the Prado's catalogue in the 1872 edition.

Análisis artístico

This is one of the ten sketches of individual figures which Goya produced during his visits to Aranjuez in preparation for the group portrait Family of Charles IV. It is one of five housed in the Prado Museum.

María Josefa Carmela de Borbón (Gaeta, Naples, 1774 - Madrid, 1801) was the daughter of Charles III and María Josefa Amalia of Saxony. Although on arriving in Spain attempts were made to marry her to her uncle, the Infante Louis of Bourbon, she died unmarried a year after this portrait was produced.

In this work she is wearing a scarf as a turban embellished with a feather from a bird of paradise, and diamond earrings. She is wearing the sash of the Order of Noble Dames of Queen María Luisa and the black ribbon of the insignia of the Order of Noble Dames of the Austrian Empire or Starry Cross, which was only received by ladies belonging to the Spanish royal family.

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