King Charles IV in Hunting Costume (1799) by Francisco Goya

King Charles IV in Hunting Costume - Francisco Goya - 1799

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TitleKing Charles IV in Hunting Costume
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions210 x 130 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPalacio Real de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

About King Charles IV in Hunting Costume

The artwork “King Charles IV in Hunting Costume” is a distinguished oil on canvas portrait by the renowned artist Francisco Goya, dated to the year 1799. This piece is a classic example of the Romanticism movement in art and measures 210 x 130 cm. The genre of the work is portraiture, and it is currently housed in the Palacio Real de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain.

In the artwork, King Charles IV is depicted full-length, wearing a hunting garment that highlights his status and passion for the sport. He dons a dark, broad-brimmed hat and a patterned jacket adorned with a golden vest underneath. The royal attire includes a blue sash and the red cross of the Order of Charles III, indicating his regal bearing and chivalric honors. In his right hand, the king firmly grips a hunting staff, suggesting readiness for the pursuit of game. His left hand rests casually on his hip, conveying a sense of ease and authority.

A trustful hunting dog is present at the king’s side, looking up at him with loyalty and attentiveness. The collar of the dog bears the inscription “I belong to His Majesty” in Spanish, further emphasizing the king’s possession and mastery over his domain. The background is subdued, with vague hints of a natural landscape, likely a hunting ground. This choice of setting, along with the relaxed yet noble pose of the king and the presence of the dog, highlights not only Charles IV’s regal status but also his personal interests and character.

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