Martín Zapater (1797) by Francisco Goya

Martín Zapater - Francisco Goya - 1797

Artwork Information

TitleMartín Zapater
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions83 x 65 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationBilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain

About Martín Zapater

The artwork titled “Martín Zapater” is a distinguished piece by the illustrious artist Francisco Goya, completed in the year 1797. Crafted using oil on canvas, the work is exemplary of the Romanticism movement and measures 83 by 65 centimeters. This portrait genre artwork proudly resides within the collection of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao, Spain, where it continues to captivate viewers with its historical and artistic significance.

The artwork presents a man giving the impression of both intelligence and affability. The subject, Martín Zapater, is depicted against a subdued, dark background which directs the viewer’s attention firmly onto his figure. The oval canvas shapes the portrait, accentuating the facial expression and details of Zapater’s visage. Goya’s use of light and shadow imbues a lifelike quality to the sitter’s features, suggesting depth and volume. The sitter wears a dark coat, adorned with buttons, over a lighter waistcoat and a white neck cloth, which was typical of the attire in the late 18th century. The painting reflects not only the physical likeness of Martín Zapater but also hints at his character and social standing. Moreover, Goya’s skill in capturing the human essence within the context of Romanticism is evident, as the portrait possesses an emotional depth that invites contemplation.

Overall, the portrait holds both the intimacy of a friendship between artist and subject, as well as the broader aesthetic characteristics of its time, making it a valuable artifact within the corpus of Goya’s work and the broader scope of art history.

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