- Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
- 113 x 87 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Goya (lower right-hand corner).
This work was donated to the museum by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Ramón Posada y Soto was an eminent politician and magistrate, Honorary and Emeritus Academic of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Treasurer of the Royal Court of Justice in Mexico. He was Jovellanos's brother-in-law.
Goya painted him against a dark background, illuminating only the face with a strong light focus and leaving the rest of the scene in the gloom. Dark colours dominate the composition, while the light hues used for the head stand out against this background.
The painter has emphasized the subject's large, chiselled nose and bright, intelligent eyes. He is depicted sitting up very straight, his hands hidden: the right behind his leg, the left under his frock coat. He is wearing a white shirt with frills at the neckline and on the sleeves.
The sitter's personality is well expressed in his face, giving off the impression of an intelligent, confident man.
Goya 1900Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas ArtesMadrid1900consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900cat. 35
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 139, cat. 426
Un testimonio mejicano de la sordera de GoyaArchivo Español de ArteMadrid1944p. 391
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 170, cat. 342
vol. I, p. 292, cat. 342
La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando1992nº 35