Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Suniga, Francisco Goya

Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Suniga, Francisco Goya
Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Suniga, Francisco Goya - 1

  • Posted by Francisco de Goya
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1792

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Suniga – Francisco Goya. Around 1792. Oil on canvas. 127×101.6

   Goya’s genius was a unique phenomenon in Spanish art of the 18-19th centuries.which he raised to the greatness of previous times. The artist’s work went through the last period of Rococo, reaching the threshold of realism and revealed, in a huge variety of stories. In portraits, almost a century anticipating romantic ideas, the Spanish master managed to reveal the psychological essence of the characters through the appearance.

   This is a canvas depicting little Osorio, born in 1784., is one of a series of mesh portraits ordered by Count Altamir. A child dressed in a bright red suit is placed on a monochrome background, which focuses on his figure. In the hands of the baby, a lace tied to the lapka of the magpie, which, justifying its glory as a “touring”, holds the artist’s business card in the beak, which with such an original technique places its signature at work. Other animals depicted in the picture contain a symbolic meaning, indicating how illusory the border between the naive children’s world is and the forces of evil that await it.