Francisco de Goya

Ventura Rodríguez

Clasificación
Ventura Rodríguez
Datos Generales
Cronología
1784
Ubicación
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Dimensiones
107 x 81 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Nationalmuseum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Jan 2010 / 14 Mar 2012
Inventario
267 (4574)
Inscripciones

Retrato Original de D.n Ventura Rodríguez / Arquitecto del Sereni.mo Sr Infante D / Luis y Maestro mayor de la Villa de / Madrid que de orden de la mui Ill.a / S.ra Esposa de S.A. pinx. D.n Fran Goya año de 1784 ("Original portrait of Don Ventura Rodríguez, Architect of His Highness the Señor Infante Don Luis and Master Builder of Madrid, by order of his wife, Her Highness [...], painted by Don Franci

Historia

This painting came from the Palace of Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), later belonging to the collections of the Count of Altamira, Madrid; the Marquis of Castro Monte, Madrid; Prince Wagram of Paris; Trotti Co., Paris; Boussod et Valadon, Montaignac; Heilbuth, Copenhagen; Dr. Wendland, Paris; and Gava & Amundsen Duve, New York; finally being acquired by the Museum of Stockholm in 1949.

Análisis artístico

Ventura Rodríguez (Madrid, 1717-1785) was the favourite architect of Don Luis de Bourbon, the brother of Charles III. This portrait was made one year before the death of the architect, who Goya already knew. In fact, he is thought to be the artist of a sketch in which this same sitter appears alongside Don Luis de Bourbon.

This half-length portrait shows Rodríguez holding some architectural plans in his left hand, and pointing to his grand project for the Holy Chapel of the Basilica of El Pilar, in Zaragoza, of which he was known to always be very proud. Behind him we can see a column and a dark background, giving a heightened sense of volume to the figure.

He is wearing a wig, an elegant dress coat, green waistcoat and a white shirt with lace frills and cuffs, in the Madrid fashion.

In the depiction of the subject's face, Goya was able to capture with great skill the architect's pride and satisfaction with the chapel project, and his eyes reveal his enthusiasm.

Exposiciones
  • Obras de pintores españoles
    Art Corporation Gallery
    London
    1901
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    Paris
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Goya and his times
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1963
    cat. 66
  • El arte europeo en la corte de España durante el siglo XVIII
    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    Bordeaux
    1979
    Exhibitied also at Grand Palais, París y Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. II, p. 35, cat. 315
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 95, cat. 214
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 260, cat. 157
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 99, cat. 172
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p. 158 y p. 279 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
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