- Reference number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- The Clothed Maja
- 95 cm x 190 cm
- On display
- Palacio de Godoy, Madrid, 1808. Trasladada al Depósito General de Secuestros, situado en el almacén que la Fábrica de Cristales de San Ildefonso tenía en la calle Alcalá, el 18 de diciembre de 1813. Depositada en dependencias del Tribunal de la Inquisición el 28 de noviembre de 1814. Trasladada a la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando el 13 de abril de 1836. Expuesta por primera vez en las salas públicas de la Academia con motivo de la exposición de 1840. Ingresó en el Museo del Prado en 1901.
An unidentified lady wearing delicate transparent clothing and a yellow jacket with black decorations lies on a green velvet divan with cushions and a spread.
There has been a great variety of opinions as to who the sitter is, but her anonymity is maintained in all of the inventories listing this work. Legend would have it that she was the Duchess of Alba, although she has also been identified as Pepita Tudó, Godoy's mistress from 1797 on.
This painting is first mentioned in 1808 along with its companion, The Nude Maja (P00742), in the inventory of the property of Manuel Godoy carried out by Frédéric Quillet, an agent of José Bonaparte. In 1813, the two Majas are described as Gypsies in the inventory of Godoy's properties confiscated by King Fernando VII. The present work is more summarily painted than the nude work, which has more subtle transparencies and tonal gradations, as well as some differences in the position of the figure.
This work entered the Prado Museum in 1901 by way of the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where it had been from 1808 to 1813, and again from 1836 to 1901. In the hiatus between those two periods, it was sequestered by the Inquisition.