Francisco de Goya

Pedro Gil de Tejada

Pedro Gil de Tejada
Datos Generales
Ca. 1794 - 1795
Private collection
112 x 84 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
22 Feb 2010 / 15 Sep 2022

In 1928 this painting belonged to the Marquis of Santillana, Madrid.

Análisis artístico

The identity of the subject of this portrait is unknown, although it is assumed to be Pedro Gil de Tejada, a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna.

The figure is seated against a dark background and is dressed in a black frock coat. The only touches of colour in his attire are the white shirt with frills which spill out of his coat at the neck. His hands are only sketched in. A ray of light emanating from the top corner of the composition illuminates the affable, expressive face of the subject.

Goya's facility for capturing the spirit of his sitters is well known: he was very skilled at transmitting their state of mind to the viewer. In this case, the portrait seems to portray a calm, affectionate and sincere man.

  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 170, cat. 346
  • Vol. I, p. 318, cat. 453
  • GLENDINNING, Nigel (Comisario)
    La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
    nº 72
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