Juan Antonio Melendez Valdes (1797) by Francisco Goya

Juan Antonio Melendez Valdes - Francisco Goya - 1797

Artwork Information

TitleJuan Antonio Melendez Valdes
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions73.3 x 57.1 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationBowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK

About Juan Antonio Melendez Valdes

The artwork titled “Juan Antonio Melendez Valdes,” created by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya in the year 1797, is executed in the medium of oil on canvas. A quintessential example of the Romanticism art movement, it measures 73.3 by 57.1 centimeters. This portrait is part of the collection of the Bowes Museum located in Barnard Castle, UK, where it is displayed for the public to view.

The portrait depicts Juan Antonio Melendez Valdes, a figure presented with a direct gaze that engages the viewer. The composition is close up, focusing on the sitter’s upper body and face, while the background is subdued in a dark, neutral tone, a characteristic often found in portraits of this era to emphasize the subject. The brushwork on the painting suggests a rich texture, particularly in the rendering of the sitter’s face and attire. The subject is dressed in a formal, dark jacket of the period with a white shirt and a crisply folded white cravat at the neck. The lighting accentuates the contours of Melendez Valdes’s face, highlighting his cheeks and the thoughtful expression in his eyes, which signifies a moment of introspection or conversation. The painting has a palpable sense of realism, a hallmark of Goya’s portraiture, harnessing the emotional depth and individuality of the sitter.

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