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- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- María Teresa de Vallabriga
- Madera de nogal
- 48 cm x 39,6 cm
- On display
- Pintado para el infante don Luis, palacio de Arenas de San Pedro, 1783. por herencia a la condesa de Chinchón, Palacio de Boadilla del Monte, Madrid. Por herencia hasta el IV duque de Sueca y V conde de Chinchón; por herencia hasta el IX marqués de Acapulco; por herencia hasta XI marqués de Caicedo, Madrid. Venta Sotheby´s, Madrid, 27.2.1985. Adquirido por el Estado con destino en el Museo del Prado en 1996.
María Teresa Vallabriga y Rozas (1759-1820), was the wife of the infante Luis de Bourbon (1727-1785), the brother of King Carlos III (1716-1788).
As a member of the lower nobility, he was obliged to have his family live outside the court, in Boadilla del Monte. After the death of his wife in 1785, he was separated from his children, who would become the Countess of Chinchón (P7767), the Duchess of San Fernando, and Luis María de Bourbon (P738), Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo.
The infante was one of the Goya's most important patrons at the beginning of his career, and the artist made numerous portraits of his family. The present is one of his earliest, a profile bust in the manner of classical coins and Renaissance portraits of noblemen. It is paired with a portrait of the infante Luis, which has an identical composition, and is in a private collection.
This work was acquired by the State in 1995 as payment of a tax debt.