Inventory number
P07713
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Duchess of Abrantes
Chronology
1816
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
92 cm x 70 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
No
Provenance
Pagado por la duquesa de Osuna el 30-IV-1816 en 4.000 reales. Entre los bienes de los descendientes de la duquesa, Madrid. Colección del conde de la Quinta de la Enjarada, Madrid. Conde del Valle de Orizaba, Madrid. En 1996 adquirido por el Estado a los herederos de éste con destino al Museo del Prado en 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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