Equestrian Portrait of Maria Teresa De Vallabriga

By Francisco Goya SKU:15289

Francisco Goya's ""Equestrian Portrait of Maria Teresa De Vallabriga"" was painted in 1783. This masterpiece stands out for its revolutionary approach to portraiture during its time. Goya captured the young duchess, Maria Teresa, in a remarkably informal and naturalistic pose while riding her horse. This departure from the traditional formal portraits was groundbreaking, reflecting the Enlightenment ideals of individuality and authenticity. The painting showcases Goya's artistic genius in conveying personality and emotion through brushstrokes, making it a special and influential work in the history of art.

53 cm

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Title: “”Revolutionary Equestrian Portrait: Goya’s Maria Teresa De Vallabriga””

Year Painted: 1783

Francisco Goya’s “”Equestrian Portrait of Maria Teresa De Vallabriga”” is a groundbreaking masterpiece painted in 1783 that defies traditional portraiture conventions of its time. This exceptional painting showcases the young duchess, Maria Teresa, in an informal and naturalistic pose while she gracefully rides her horse. The artwork’s significance lies in its revolutionary approach to capturing personality and emotion, influenced by the Enlightenment ideals that emphasized individuality and authenticity.

Goya’s departure from the typical stiff and formal portraits of the aristocracy was a bold move. Instead, he chose to portray Maria Teresa as a dynamic and relatable figure, portraying her youth and vitality with unmatched skill. The painting exudes a sense of intimacy, as if the viewer is granted a glimpse into the duchess’s private world, fostering a connection between the subject and the audience.

During the 18th century, equestrian portraits were a symbol of power and prestige, often reserved for male rulers and generals. Goya’s choice to depict a young noblewoman in this manner was a daring statement, defying gender norms and societal expectations. By doing so, he challenged the status quo and pushed the boundaries of traditional portraiture, elevating the status of women in art.

The execution of this portrait is a testament to Goya’s artistic brilliance. He masterfully utilized his brushstrokes to convey texture, light, and movement, creating a sense of dynamism that enlivens the canvas. The soft, fluid strokes accentuate the duchess’s graceful posture, capturing the elegance of both rider and horse.

Furthermore, “”Equestrian Portrait of Maria Teresa De Vallabriga”” holds historical significance beyond its artistic innovation. It provides a glimpse into the life of the Spanish aristocracy during the late 18th century. Maria Teresa De Vallabriga was the duchess of Osuna, and her influential family played a prominent role in Spanish society. The painting serves as a valuable historical document, preserving the image of a notable figure from that era.

In conclusion, Goya’s “”Equestrian Portrait of Maria Teresa De Vallabriga”” is a remarkable and influential artwork that defied conventions and norms of its time. Its revolutionary approach to portraiture, coupled with the artist’s exceptional skill, sets it apart as a timeless masterpiece. By presenting the duchess as an individual with agency and personality, Goya celebrated the spirit of the Enlightenment and left a lasting impact on the world of art.

Original size:
61.7 x 82.5 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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