Francisco de Goya

Sebastián Martínez

Clasificación
Sebastián Martínez
Datos Generales
Cronología
1792
Ubicación
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States
Dimensiones
93 x 67 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ficha: realización/revisión
07 Feb 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(06.289)
Inscripciones

Dn Sebastian / Martinez / Por su Amigo / Goya / 1792 ("Mr Sebastian / Martinez / By his Friend / Goya / 1792", written on the paper carried in the subject's hand).

Historia

Goya painted this work for its subject. At a later date the painting was acquired by the Salzedo Collection in Madrid and subsequently to the Trotti Gallery in Paris before being sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1905.

Análisis artístico

Sebastián Martínez was an important enlightened thinker, merchant and art collector. A great friend of Goya's, he lived in Cádiz. The painter also spent some time there convalescing from his illness, at which time he painted this portrait.

The subject of the painting is depicted against a neutral background, sitting side-on in a chair with his head turned towards the viewer. His elegant, brightly coloured attire is striking in its originality, with a striped jacket painted in fine parallel brushstrokes. He is holding a letter in his left hand which bears his name and the author's signature.

The sitter's face is manly and lively, and striking in its realism, in contrast to other portraits in which the subject's face could lack definition. His penetrating, intelligent gaze denotes his great love of art.

Exposiciones
  • Francisco Goya: His Paintings, Drawings and Prints
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    1936
    from January 27th to March 8th 1936
  • Goya and his times
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1963
    cat. 66
  • Masterpieces of Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Museum of Fine Arts
    1970
    from September 16th to November 1st 1970
  • 100 Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum
    The State Hermitage Museum
    St Petersburg
    1975
    from July 22nd to 27th 1975
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
  • Goya
    Nationalmuseum
    Stockholm
    1994
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • Goya in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York
    1995
    consultant editors Colta Ives and Susan Alyson Stein. From September 12th to December 31st 1995
  • El Retrato español, de El Greco a Picasso
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2004
    from October 20th 2004 to February 6th 2005
  • El rescate de la antigüedad clásica en Andalucía
    Hospital de los Venerables
    Sevilla
    2008
    organized by the Fundación FOCUS-Abengoa, consultant editor Fernando Amores. From November 25th 2008 to February 28th 2009
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    p. 68, cat. 350
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    p. 170, cat. 333
  • vol. I, p. 284, cat. 310
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria) and PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E. y SAYRE, Eleanor A. (directores)
    Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1988
    p.173, 174 (il.) y 175, cat. 19,cat. 19
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