However as is the case of most powerful men he had made a number of enemies, one of whom was the heir to the Spanish throne, Ferdinand VII. His property was seized by the Spanish monarch and in the Spanish Inquisition confiscated both of the La Maja works considering them to be obscene.
In May of that year he was summoned to appear before the Inquisition and pressure was brought to bear on him to reveal who had commissioned the works, who were the women and what were his intentions for such paintings. Alas, it is not known what Goya told his inquisitors.
La Maja Desnuda
The two paintings were eventually returned in and housed in the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. We will probably never be one hundred per cent sure as to who modelled for the two paintings. I send this blog from a very hot Spain and I am reluctant to return to the cold and wet place I call my home. Just someone who is interested and loves art.
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Though the canvases have aroused the curiosity of numerous scholars, the Inquisition's questions remain unanswered since the early nineteenth century We do not know who commissioned the paintings. Research focused first or the duchess of Alba, who had presented to Manuel Godoy, for his private study, Toilet of Venus of Diego Velazquez as well as a sixteenth-century Italian school Venus. It was there that Pedro Gonzalez de Sepulveda saw the Maja desnuda in If true, such an account supports arguments that the duchess herself served as the model, and that, as Viardot suggested in , she ordered the head altered to conceal her identity.
Clothed Maja, 1800-1805 by Francisco Goya
More recent investigations incline toward the Prince Peace Godoy himself as patron: Goya had developed a most productive artistic relationship with him at the time. Baticle proposes Pepita Tudo, Godoy's mistress, as the most likely model, claiming that her head was refashioned in , when Godoy wed the countess of Chinchon. What is certain is that the Maja desnuda was painted before , since Sepulveda's commentary gives us the date ante quern. The Sala Reservada' En: Zanardi, Tara , Framing Majismo: Nuevas Adquisiciones iniciado en Goya in Times of War Madrid Masterpieces of the world at the state Hermitage museum: Goya Zaragoza Las Majas de Goya Londres Room On Display.
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La Maja de Goya by Enrique Granados
The Naked Maja - Oil on canvas An image of Venus in the nude, lying on a green velvet divan with pillows and a spread. Tags Painting Oil Canvas. See more multimedia content. Provenance Palacio de Godoy, Madrid, Entered the Prado Museum in Hunter with his Hounds.
Clothed Maja, by Francisco Goya
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