Duke of San Carlos (1815) by Francisco Goya

Duke of San Carlos - Francisco Goya - 1815

Artwork Information

TitleDuke of San Carlos
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions237 x 153 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

About Duke of San Carlos

The artwork titled “Duke of San Carlos” is a masterful oil on canvas portrait by Francisco Goya, dated to 1815. It exemplifies the Romanticism movement and measures 237 by 153 centimeters. This distinguished piece is part of the collection at the Museo de Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain. The genre of the work is portraiture, which is consistent with many of Goya’s most celebrated pieces.

In the artwork, the subject is depicted standing in a poised, authoritative stance. The Duke is dressed in an ornate military uniform resplendent with decorations, including richly embroidered details, sashes, and medals that reflect his high rank and status. His attire is predominantly black with vibrant color accents in the form of red sash and golden embroidery, which stand out against the dark background. The facial expression of the Duke conveys a sense of confidence and self-assuredness, befitting his noble position.

The artist’s use of light and shadow adds depth and dimension to the figure, highlighting the textures of the fabrics and the ceremonial sword by his side. A baton is held gently in his right hand, further signifying his command and position. Francisco Goya’s skillful brushwork and his ability to capture the character of his subject become evident in this portrait, showcasing why he is regarded as one of the most important Spanish artists of his time.

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