Portrait of Countess de Chinchon, Francisco de Goya
- Posted by Francisco de Goya
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: Around 1800
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Countess de Chinchon – Francisco de Goya. Around 1800. Oil on canvas. 218x1Z5
The elongated format of the picture and the thickening darkness as a background give the countess figure a special fragility, emphasized by a light, airy light gray-brown with pink veins and a hairstyle in which the wind seemed to lie. In the whole guise of a girl, even the royal family, one feels sadness, gnawing and in living brown eyes, and in the complex hands that Maria Teresa seems to be deliberately trying to squeeze harder. The countess was not going through the best time of her life then: her husband, the almighty prime minister of the Spanish government, don Manuel Godoy, had a powerful character, in addition, this man was the queen’s lover. Goya already painted the countess, and now, knowing this young woman well and treating her with sympathy, he noticed her deeply hidden sadness. A portrait conceived by a ceremonial is a spectator of a living and charming person.
Also, another curious fact is associated with this picture. After the paintings were bought by the Prado Museum from the hands of a private collector for 24 million euros, it turned out that a portrait of the Marquis de Villafranca was written on top of this portrait, and a portrait of Countess Manuel Godoy’s husband was on top of it. This was established using the latest equipment