General Jose de Palafox (1814) by Francisco Goya

General Jose de Palafox - Francisco Goya - 1814

Artwork Information

TitleGeneral Jose de Palafox
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions248 x 224 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About General Jose de Palafox

The artwork titled “General Jose de Palafox” is a creation of the eminent Spanish artist Francisco Goya, dating back to 1814. This oil on canvas painting embodies the Romanticism art movement and is of a large portrait genre, measuring 248 by 224 centimeters. It currently resides in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

In the artwork, General José de Palafox y Melzi is depicted with a vivid sense of realism and vitality that is characteristic of Goya’s style. The general is portrayed mounted on a powerful, rearing steed, which symbolizes both nobility and dynamic motion. Palafox, shown in three-quarter view, turns his head towards the observer, rendered with a sharp gaze and a commanding presence. Dressed in an ornate, richly detailed military uniform, he holds a saber in his right hand, indicating his readiness for battle.

The dark and brooding landscape in the backdrop contrasts with the brightly illuminated figure of the general and his horse, lending an air of drama to the composition. It reflects the romantic focus on the heroic and the sublime. Goya uses vigorous brushstrokes and a bold palette, emphasizing the intensity and emotion associated with the Romantic period—a time when individual heroism and national pride were dominant themes. The overall effect is one of grandeur and compelling narrative, inviting contemplation of the subject’s significance in history.

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