- 1824 - 1825
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, United States
- 9 x 9.5 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Watercolor on ivory
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 16 May 2010 / 06 Sep 2022
- Bequest of Pame
See Maja and Celestina.
This work was put up for auction at the Hôtel Drouot auction house, Paris, on 22 February 1937 (lot 56-1). It was later in the collection of Thomas Harris, in London. In around 1941 it was in the Durlacher Bros. collection in New York, later entering the collection of R. Kirk Jr. and Pamela Askew, also in New York. It was bequeathed to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on 24 June 1998.
For the artistic and technical analysis of the complete series, see Maja and Celestina.
In this romantic miniature we see the figure of a woman, seen from behind, wrapped in a blue dress and a black cape. She appears to be on high ground, indicated by the wide sky, which occupies almost all of the background, leaving less than a third of it to the terrain seen in the distance. The wind is blowing her clothes and hair, and is lifting up her skirt just enough to show us her bare foot.
The woman's face is only just suggested behind her head of hair. There was probably another composition underlying this one, since we know that Goya reused some of the ivory plaques in order to save on the precious material.
Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1993from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareaucat. 105
Goya’s last WorksThe Frick Art CollectionNew York2006consultant editors Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi. From February 22nd to May 14th 2006cat. 20
Goya: Order and disorderMuseum of Fine ArtsBoston2014cat. 135
Goya’s Bordeaux miniatures, , , Boston, 1966Museum of Fine Arts Boston BulletinLXIV, 3371966p. 120, cat. 20
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 357, 362, cat. 1690 y p.342 (il.)
vol. I, p. 386, cat. 742
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 136, cat. 682
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. IV, p. 218 y p. 333 (il.)
Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMadridMuseo del Prado1993p. 324-325, 380, cat. 105 y p. 327 (il.)
Goya’s last worksNew YorkThe Frick Collection and Yale University Press2006p. 142, cat. 20 y p. 143 (il.)
Goya: Order & DisorderBostonMuseum of Fine Arts Boston Publications2014p. 215