Inventory number
P07713
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Duchess of Abrantes
Chronology
1816
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
92 cm x 70 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Duchess of Osuna, 1816, Madrid. Collection of the Count of La Quinta de la Enjarada, Madrid. Count of El Valle de Orizaba, Madrid. Acquisition for the Prado Museum, 1996

Dressed in French fashion from the second decade of the nineteenth century and wearing a stylish floral diadem on her head, the duchess holds a piece of music in her hands, alluding to her love of music and singing.

This is Goya's last known portrait of an aristocratic lady. Its vibrant, rapid technique still recalls the affected, multicolored portraits from the eighteenth century, but its way of rubbing the light and its black brushstrokes foreshadow Goya's work from the eighteen twenties.

 
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