Francisco de Goya

María Luisa in Court Dress (María Luisa en traje de corte)

María Luisa in Court Dress (María Luisa en traje de corte)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1799 - 1800
Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain
210 x 130 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
National Heritage
Ficha: realización/revisión
03 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

Like its companion piece, Charles IV in uniformof Colonel of the Lifeguards, this work came from the Royal Collection.


Análisis artístico

This full-length portrait depicts the subject standing, turned slightly to the right, in front of a dark, neutral background. She is wearing a long dress with short sleeves, white and grey in colour, over the top of which we can see the sash and insignia of her order. Her hair is worn up, covered by a turban with a feather. Around her neck are two necklaces of large pearls. In her right hand she holds a fan. On her feet are a pair of pointed white shoes.

Both Sambricio (1957) and Gassier-Wilson (1970) identified this portrait and its companion piece as being those mentioned in a letter dated 9 June 1800, sent by the queen to Manuel Godoy, which says: "Goya has done my portrait, which they say is the best of all of them. He is doing the king's in the Casa del Labrador". According to Morales and Marín (1997), these portraits may have been commissioned to be sent to Napoleon, an intention which would have been frustrated by the cooling off of relations with France following the War of the Oranges.

There is a replica made ​​from this canvas in a Particular Collection, Cadiz.

  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Exposición conmemorativa del centenario de Goya
    Palacio de Oriente
    organized by Patrimonio Nacional. June 1946
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. II, p. 126, cat. 409
  • Velentín de Sambricio
    Los retratos de Carlos IV y María Luisa, por Goya
    Archivo Español de ArteXXX, n.18
    p. 101
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 196, cat. 781
  • vol. I, p. 308, cat. 414
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. III, p. 110
  • José Luis Morales Y Marín
    Las parejas reales de Goya. Retratos de Carlos IV y María Luisa de Parma
    ZaragozaReal Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis
    cat. 41, p. 50
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