Francisco de Goya

Pedro Mocarte

Pedro Mocarte
Datos Generales
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.

Análisis artístico

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.

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    ParísOffice du livre
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