You like fine old masters paintings and especially portraits?
The must seen Paintings exhibition in London: Goya: The Portraits
Goya, Self Portrait in his studio, 1793-5 © Museo de la Ral
After 10 years of tremendous efforts and negotiations with private collectors, international Institutions and Museums, the National Gallery London presents 70 works by Goya, including drawings and sketches, until January 2016.
Goya, The Countess-Duchess of Benavente, 1785, picture@nationalgallery
Curated by Xavier Bray, the exhibition showcases a large number of paintings and drawings by the Spanish portraitist who lived between 1746 and 1828, focusing on his carrier as a court painter rather than on his inks and caricatures. From Madrid to Bordeaux, the many patrons, royalties and friends Goya encountered are depicted with a fine brush and humanity. The exhibition follows a chronological order and helps the visitor to understand the challenges and even the avant-garde of Goya’s portraits.
My favorite pendants:
The Duchess of Alba(1797), Goya, picture@nationalgallery
The Queen Mary, María Luisa wearing a Mantilla’, 1799. (right) Colecciones Reales, Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real de Madrid © Patrimonio Nacional
Both women were in competition and the Duchess of Alba was the queen of Spain’s main enemy, but she first managed to be portrayed as the typical Spanish woman with the traditional dress and the Mantilla, fashionable at that time among the Aristocracy, a kind of provocation to the Queen….who commissioned a similar portrait 2 years later…
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery said:
“We are very honoured to receive these iconic and highly important paintings on loan from Patrimonio Nacional. The arrival of this pair of exceptional paintings by Goya from the Royal Palace in Madrid presents the unique opportunity to witness Goya’s development as a royal portraitist, displayed in the context of his remarkable career. We are delighted to feature the paintings in this, the first ever exhibition to focus on his portraits.”
Goya, Disarming: a battle-weary Ferdinand VII in Court Dress, 1814-15 Museo Nacional del Prado
National Gallery 2015 Exhibitions
Goya: The Portraits
7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016