Francisco de Goya

Martín Zapater

Clasificación
Martín Zapater
Datos Generales
Cronología
1797
Ubicación
Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Dimensiones
83 x 65 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(82/10)
Inscripciones

Goya. A su Amigo Marn. Zapater. 1797 ("Goya. To his Friend Martín Zapater. 1797", bottom of canvas)

Historia

This work was bequeathed by Martín Zapater to his grand-nephew, Francisco Zapater y Gómez. At the beginning of the 20th century it belonged to the Durant-Ruel collection, in Paris, and was acquired for the collection of Ramón Sota y Aburto, Bilbao, from where it was donated to the current owner in 1980.

Análisis artístico

This slightly longer than bust portrait depicts the sitter in half profile, before a greenish grey neutral background. He is wearing a dark-brown, double-breasted velvet dress coat with wide lapels, beneath which we can see a white shirt and a neck tie. His face is that of a mature man, in good health and of friendly disposition. Some of his features are very marked, such as the rounded chin, prominent nose, deep-set eyes, thick eyebrows and broad forehead.

This is a simple, intimate portrait, in which Goya represents his best friend with boldness and complete freedom, recalling pre-Romantic models common to English painting, which the artist would have been familiar with.

Although some writers (e.g. Desparmet Fitz-Gerald) have speculated about the possibility that the canvas was originally rectangular, it is more likely that it was oval shaped from the outset.

For additional biographical information, see Portrait of Martín Zapater y Clavería.

Conservación

Restored in 1981.

Exposiciones
  • Pabellón de Aragón de la Exposición Universal de Sevilla
    Exposición Universal de Sevilla
    Sevilla
    1992
    consultant editor Federico Torralba Soriano.
  • Goya. La década de Los Caprichos
    Madrid
    1992
    organized by Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando sponsored by Fundación Central Hispano, Madrid, consultant editor Nigel Glendinnig. From October 26th 1992 to January 10th 1993
  • Goya
    Nationalmuseum
    Stockholm
    1994
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • Francisco de Goya: Maleri, Tegning, Grafikk
    Nasjonalgalleriet
    Oslo
    1996
    from 10th to April 14th 1996
  • Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1996
    consultant editor Federico Torralba Soriano. From October 3th to December 1st 1996
  • Goya
    Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini
    Roma
    2000
    consultant editors Lorenza Mochi Onori and Claudio Strinati. From March 18th to June 18th 2000
  • Bilbao a Genova. La cultura cambia le cittá
    Palazzo Ducale
    Genova
    2003
    from October 19th 2003 to January 11th 2004
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • De Goya a Gauguin
    Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao
    Bilbao
    2008
    from June 16th to September 28th 2008
Bibliografía
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    p. 188, cat. 668
  • vol. I, pp. 305 y 306, cat. 403
  • ANSÓN NAVARRO, Arturo
    Goya y Aragón. Familia, amistades y encargos artísticos
    col. Col. Mariano de Pano y Ruata
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada de Aragón
    1995
    pp. 168-169
  • Federico (comisario) Torralba Soriano
    Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Madrid, Gobierno de Aragón y Electa
    1996
    pp. 116 y 117 (il.), cat. 35
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria)
    Goya en tiempos de guerra
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2008
    pp. 154 y 155 (il.), cat. 13
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