Charles IV of Spain and his family by Francisco Goya


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Charles IV of Spain and his family by Francisco Goya Charles IV of Spain and his family by Francisco Goya

Title: Charles IV of Spain and his family

Artist: Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828)

Nationality: Spanish

Completion Date: 1800

Style: Romanticism

Genre: Portrait

Media: Oil on Canvas

Location: Museo del Prado, Madrid

In 1799, Goya was made First Court Painter, with an annual salary of 50,000 reales and an allowance for coach. It was during this time that he painted Charles IV of Spain and His Family. Goya completed this painting, modeled in the casual style of Velazquez’s Las Meninas, for the royal family of Spain. Although the figures in the painting are set in naturalistic and plausible poses, they are ostentatiously dressed in their finest clothing and jewelry. Modern critics have many interpretations about the paintings style and placement of the figures. Goya’s aversion to flatter the appearance of the figures may be his commentary on the corruption of…

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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