Inventory number
P02784
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
General Antonio Ricardos
Chronology
1793-1794
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
112 cm x 84 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Dña. Francisca María Dávila, marquesa de Trillas y viuda del general, lo regaló a Godoy en abril de 1794.En diciembre de 1813 trasladado al Depósito General de Secuestros de la calle Alcalá, "almacén de cristales", entre los cuadros y otros bienes incautados a Godoy. 1814, palacio de Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), entre los bienes devueltos a la Condesa de Chinchón. Adquirido a los herederos, en 1899, por don Pedro Fernández Durán y legado por este al Museo del Prado, donde ingresó, a su muerte, en 1930.

The illustrious soldier, Antonio Ricardos y Carrillo, is depicted by Goya in the battle dress of a Captain General, with the sash of the Order of Carlos III and the plaque of that same order on his dress coat. The scallop of the Order of Santiago on his lapel and the triple braid on his cuffs complete the symbols of this general's high rank.

The portrait was made shortly after his death, as he was awarded the third braid after the last battle in which he participated. Following his death, his widow gave the painting to Manuel Godoy, who passed it on to the Countess of Chinchón.

Goya masterfully captures the haughty military attitude of this proud general, portraying him with a sincere realism that even marks the golden color of his face, as opposed to the whiteness of his forehead, which was constantly protected by his hat, recalling this soldier's continuous presence on the battlefield.

 
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