Inventory number
P00722
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Josefa Bayeu
Chronology
Ca. 1814
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
82,5 cm x 58,2 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Hasta 1866 en propiedad de los herederos de Goya (?). Adquirido en 1866 por el Ministerio de Fomento, para el Museo de la Trinidad, a Román [Garreta] de la Huerta, intermediario de Mariano Goya. En 1872 ingresó en el Museo del Prado después de la fusión con el Museo de la Trinidad.

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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