Francisco de Goya

Narcisa Barañana de Goicoechea

Narcisa Barañana de Goicoechea
Datos Generales
Ca. 1810
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
112 x 78 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ficha: realización/revisión
12 Apr 2011 / 14 Apr 2021

Goya (on the ring worn by the sitter).


This portrait, just like that of the sitter's husband, Juan Bautista de Goicoechea, first came to light in an exhibition in Madrid in 1900, when it belonged to the Moret Collection, also in Madrid. It was later in the Durand-Ruel Collection, in Paris. In 1903 it was acquired by the Havemeyer family, of New York, who bequeathed it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1929.

Análisis artístico

Despite the signature that appears on the ring worn by the subject, the attribution of this work to Goya has been disputed by several scholars.

The portrait, slightly more than half-length, shows the subject dressed in the style of a maja. Her elegant black dress features lace edging at both the sleeves and the neck. Her neckline is decorated with a rose. However, the most striking thing about this lady is the headdress she wears, made up of a mantilla and a large blue bow. Sitting elegantly, she holds a closed fan in her left hand. Her extremely pale face, in keeping with the fashion of the time, looks straight out at the viewer in a friendly and self-confident manner.

Worth pointing out is the wonderful sense of volume possessed by the figure, along with the finishes of the clothing and the headdress.

According to Gudiol, the rendering is firm and the impressionist touches take second place to the overall naturalistic effect of the painting.

  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Loan exhibition of Painting by El Greco and Goya
    M. Knoedler and Co.
    New York
    April 1912
  • The H.O. Havemeyer Collection
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    from March 10th to November 2nd 1930
  • 30 Masterpieces: An Exhibition of Paintings from the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Museum of Fine Arts
    from October 4th to November 23th 1947
  • Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    consultant editors Colta Ives and Susan Alyson Stein. From September 12th to December 31st 1995
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 86, cat. 368
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 261, cat. 889
  • vol. I, p. 369, cat. 528
  • Colta Ives and Susan Alyson Stein
    Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New YorkThe Metropolitan Museum of Art
    pp. 48 y 67
  •, consulted 13-04-10
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