Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
María Tomasa de Palafox, Marchioness of Villafranca
195 cm x 126 cm
On display
XII marqués de Villafraca, Madrid, 1804; por herencia a don Pedro Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox, XIII marqués de Villafranca, ?1867; por herencia a su hijo, don José Joaquín Álvarez de toledo y Silva, duque de Medina Sidonia; pasa a su hijo, don Alonso Álvarez de Toledo y Caro, XV marqués de los Vélez y XXVI conde de Niebla, quien lo legó (?1897) al Museo del Prado, ingresando en 1926, a la muerte de su viuda, doña Trinidad Caballero y Muguiro, que lo tuvo en usufructo.

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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