- Inventory number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
- Joaquina Téllez-Giron y Pimentel, Marchioness of Santa Cruz
- 124,7 cm x 207,7 cm
- On display
- Collection of the Marquis of Santa Cruz. Count of Pie de la Concha. Félix Fernández Valdés Collection, Bilbao, 1941-1983. Lord Winborne, Christie's (Londres), 1985. Prado Museum, April 1986
Joaquina Téllez-Girón y Pimentel (1784-1851) was the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Osuna and Marchioness of Santa Cruz by her marriage to José Gabriel de Silva y Walstein in 1801. A friend of poets and literati, she was one of the most admired women of her time. Goya presents her wearing white crêpe and reposing on a canapé upholstered in red velvet. She is crowned with grape leaves and clusters. This headdress and the lire-shaped guitar identify her as Erato, the muse of Love Poetry —a clear reference to her love of poetry and music.
This canvas is in excellent condition and, unlike most, still has its original shine, revealing the stunning perfection of its tonal relations as well as a rich, confident pictorial technique.
It is signed and dated on the lower left corner.