- Ca. 1805 - 1806
- The Hispanic Society of America, New York, United States
- 78 x 57 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Hispanic Society of America
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Mar 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
- (A 3309)
P.D. Pedro Mocarte, cantante de la catedral de Toledo. Pintado por Goya, su íntimo amigo ("P.D. Pedro Mocarte, singer at Toledo cathedral. Painted by Goya, his dear friend", on the back, not in Goya's hand).
This work came from the Edwards collection, in Paris, where it went under auction in 1860, being acquired by Raimundo & Luis de Madrazo. Before arriving at its current home it was in the possession of Archer M. Huntington, in New York.
Pedro Mocarte, (1740-1807) was a singer at Toledo cathedral.
This half-length portrait shows him against a neutral background, wearing a high-necked jacket, open waistcoat and white shirt. His tired face has a melancholy air about it.
It is interesting to look at the considerable differences between the brushstrokes used for the clothing, which are much faster and freer, and those employed in the face and on the head, where Goya appears to have taken more time.
According to Gudiol, the way in which the artist shares his psychological insight into the subject could not be any more intense or profound.
From Goya to Sorolla: Masterpieces from the hispanic society of americaThe Chrysler Museum of ArtNew York2007from March 11th to June 10th 2007
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 99, cat. 381
Goya’s portrait of Pedro Mocarte, Choir Singer in Toledo CatedralStudies in the history of art dedicated to William E. Suida on his eightieth birthdayLondonThe Phaidon Press1959p. 368
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 199, cat. 834
vol. I, p. 336, cat. 532
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 152