Inventory number
P02448
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
María Tomasa de Palafox y Portocarrero, Marchioness of Villafranca, painting her Husband
Chronology
1804
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
195 cm x 126 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
XII Marquess of Villafranca, Madrid, 1804; Don Pedro Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox, XIII Marquess of Villafranca, 1867; Don José Joaquín Álvarez de Toledo y Silva, Duke of Medina-Sidonia; Don Alonso Álvarez de Toledo y Caro, XV Marquess of Los Vélez y XXVI Count of Niebla; Prado Museum, 1926

María Tomasa Palafox (1780-1835), Marchioness of Villafranca, is shown wearing a white empire-style dress and sitting on a red silk damask armchair, with her feet on a cushion. She is painting a portrait of her husband, Francisco de Borja Álvarez de Toledo y Gonzaga, XI Marquis of Villafranca.

The Marchioness was an academician of merit at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. She was cultured and a great lover of the arts, as well as an amateur painter. she is looking outside the space of the composition, perhaps at her husband, who appears on her painting in the uniform of an official of the line infantry. On her right, over a night table, is her palette of paints, some brushes and a small metal bowl. The Marquis looks back at his wife from his own portrait in a play of glances that Goya uses consciously, perhaps to reflect the great love that, according to contemporaneous sources, this couple felt for each other.

 
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