Manuel Osorio de Zuniga DETAIL of cats and bird (c. 1788) by Francisco Goya

Manuel Osorio de Zuniga DETAIL of cats and bird - Francisco Goya - c. 1788

Artwork Information

TitleManuel Osorio de Zuniga DETAIL of cats and bird
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Datec. 1788
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions127 x 101 cm
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US

About Manuel Osorio de Zuniga DETAIL of cats and bird

Francisco Goya’s portrait of Manuel Osorio de Zuniga is a masterpiece of artwork depicting a Spanish aristocrat in a red costume with his pets. The painting, completed in 1787-88, shows Manuel walking his magpie on a string while the bird holds Goya’s calling card in its beak. To the right side of the portrait is a cage full of finches, and to the left are three cats. The painting commonly referred to as Goya’s “Red Boy” because of Manuel’s attire.

The painting has been interpreted by art historians and enthusiasts over time, and many different views have emerged regarding its significance. Some suggest that Goya intentionally incorporated cats into the portrait because they symbolize evil spirits that are trying to corrupt young Manuel. One possible explanation for the magpie with Goya’s calling card could be that it represents new life or learning – something significant at which children grow up. This interpretation could imply an educational purpose for this artwork rather than just being decorative.

Regardless of interpretations or hidden meanings behind the painting, it remains one of the most beautiful portraits ever painted by Francisco Goya. Its composition gives insight into Spanish aristocratic life during those times and serves as both an art form and history lesson for people today who wish to learn more about European culture in past centuries.

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