La Tirana (1799) by Francisco Goya

La Tirana - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

TitleLa Tirana
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions206 x 130 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

About La Tirana

“La Tirana” is an illustrious artwork by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya, completed in 1799. Executed in oil on canvas, this work exemplifies the Romanticism movement’s embrace of emotion and individualism. The portrait measures 206 by 130 cm, reflecting the grand scale often associated with portraits of the era. Currently, the artwork is housed at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. This painting fits within the genre of portraiture, highlighting Goya’s adept skill in capturing the essence of his subject.

The artwork serves as a captivating depiction of a woman who stands confidently, exuding an air of self-assuredness and dignity. She is attired in an opulent gown that features rich, rosy hues and elaborate golden embellishments, which suggest her high social standing. The gown’s diaphanous white overlay, combined with the sumptuous textures and colors of her attire, showcase the artist’s meticulous attention to the rendering of fabrics—a hallmark of Goya’s portraiture. Her gaze is direct and unyielding, engaging the viewer with a potent presence.

Adding to her regal bearing, her hair is styled upward with adornments that complement the sophistication of her ensemble. The setting, while understated, features architectural elements, like the balustrade, that place her in an elegant and refined environment. The brushwork is loose in some areas, while in others, it demonstrates deliberate precision—typical of Goya’s mature style. The overall composition of the artwork, anchored by the subject’s formidable stance and the rich color palette, makes it a significant contribution to the canon of portraiture and an enduring testament to Goya’s mastery as an artist.

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