- Inventory number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
- María Teresa de Vallabriga
- 48 cm x 39,6 cm
- On display
- Infante don Luis, Palace of Arenas de San Pedro, Ávila, 1783; Countess of Chinchón, Palace of Boadilla del Monte, Madrid; IV Duke of Sueca and V Count of Chinchón; IX Marquis of Acapulco; XI Marquis of Caicedo, Madrid; sale at Sotheby´s, Madrid, 27.2.1985; Prado Museum, 1996
María Teresa Vallabriga y Rozas (1759-1820), was the wife of the infante Luis de Borbón (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 (P07767), the Duchess of San Fernando, and Luis María de Bourbon (P00738), 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.