Inventory number
P00742
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Nude Maja
Chronology
1797-1800
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
98 cm x 191 cm
School
Española
Theme
Figura Humana
On display
Yes
Provenance
Palacio de Godoy, Madrid, 1808. Trasladada al Depósito General de Secuestros, situado en el almacén que la Fábrica de Cristales de San Ildefonso tenía en la calle Alcalá, el 18 de diciembre de 1813. Depositada en dependencias del Tribunal de la Inquisición el 28 de noviembre de 1814. Trasladada a la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando el 13 de abril de 1836. Custodiada en dependencias privadas de la Academia hasta principios del último tercio del siglo XIX. Ingresó en el Museo del Prado en 1901.

An image of Venus in the nude, lying on a green velvet divan with pillows and a spread.

Legend would have it that this was the Duchess of Alba, but the sitter has also been identified as Pepita Tudó, who became Godoy's mistress in 1797.

It is listed for the first time in 1800 as hanging over a door in Manuel Godoy's palace, but without its companion, The Clothed Maja (P00741). In 1808 it is mentioned again, along with The Clothed Maja (P00741), in the inventory which Frédéric Quillet, José Bonaparte's agent, made of the property of Manuel Godoy, who may have commissioned it. Then, in 1813, the two ladies are described as Gypsies in the inventory of Godoy's property confiscated by King Fernando VII.

This work entered the Prado Museum in 1901 by way of the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where it had been from 1808 to 1813, and again from 1836 to 1901. In the hiatus between those two periods, it was sequestered by the Inquisition.

 
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