Inventory number
P00722
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Leocadia Zorrilla (?)
Chronology
1814 - 1816
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
82,5 cm x 58,2 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Goya's heirs (?), before 1866. Acquisition by the Ministerio de Fomento for the Trinidad Museum1866. Prado Museum, 1872

Ever since this painting entered the museum, the sitter has traditionally been identified as Josefa Bayeu, Goya's wife. However, the date of the painting doesn't coincide with the age of the supposed model, as Josefa Bayeu died in 1812 at the age of sixty-five. Thus she would have been fifty years old by 1798, which is the date most historians attribute to this work. The present portrait, however, seems to depict a women in her thirties, or even younger.

Moreover, some details of the clothing make it necessary to date this portrait even later, around 1812 or 1814.

 
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