A Maja and Gallants

By Francisco Goya SKU:15286

Francisco Goya's "A Maja and Gallants" is a captivating oil painting, created in the late 18th century. Painted between 1798 and 1805, it showcases a mysterious, alluring woman, the "Maja," surrounded by gallant figures. What makes this painting special is the scandal it caused during its time due to the subject's nudity and the controversy surrounding the identity of the model. Goya's daring portrayal challenges societal norms of the era, making it an iconic work that stands out for its boldness and artistic brilliance.

72 cm

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Title: “”Goya’s Scandalous Masterpiece: A Maja and Gallants””

Year Painted: 1798-1805

Francisco Goya, a renowned Spanish artist from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, left an indelible mark on the art world with his striking painting titled “”A Maja and Gallants.”” Executed between 1798 and 1805, this artwork continues to captivate art enthusiasts and historians alike, owing to its daring subject matter and the controversies it stirred during its time.

“”A Maja and Gallants”” showcases a mysterious and enchanting woman, known as the “”Maja,”” surrounded by gallant figures. The central focus of the painting is the alluring Maja, depicted nude, draped only in a delicate shawl, and reclining sensually on a bed. Goya’s masterful use of light and shadow adds an air of intrigue and allure to the scene. The identity of the Maja has been a subject of debate over the years, with some speculating that she may have been a prominent figure of Goya’s time, adding to the enigmatic appeal of the artwork.

What sets this painting apart from others of its era is the scandal it caused due to the portrayal of female nudity, which was considered taboo and inappropriate for public display during that period. The contentious nature of the artwork led to its initial suppression, and it remained hidden from the public eye for several years. The daring and provocative depiction of the female form challenged societal norms and artistic conventions, making it a groundbreaking piece in the history of art.

Goya’s fearless approach to this artwork was a reflection of his disdain for the restrictions imposed by the conservative Spanish society of his time. Through “”A Maja and Gallants,”” he offered a subversive critique of the prevailing moral codes and hypocrisy, earning both praise and criticism from his contemporaries.

Beyond its controversial nature, the painting also showcases Goya’s exceptional artistic skill and innovative techniques. His masterful use of chiaroscuro, a technique that juxtaposes light and dark to create depth and contrast, is evident in the meticulous details of the composition. The fluidity of the brushstrokes and the emotional depth he infused into the characters further solidify Goya’s reputation as a trailblazer of Romanticism.

Today, “”A Maja and Gallants”” remains a celebrated masterpiece and an essential part of art history. Its lasting impact on the art world lies not only in its technical brilliance but also in its audacity to challenge societal norms and push the boundaries of artistic expression. It serves as a reminder of the power of art to provoke, inspire, and provoke thought, even centuries after its creation.

Original size:
190 x 275 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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