Pepito Costa and Bonells (1813) by Francisco Goya

Pepito Costa and Bonells - Francisco Goya - 1813

Artwork Information

TitlePepito Costa and Bonells
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions105 x 85 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About Pepito Costa and Bonells

The artwork “Pepito Costa and Bonells” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya in the year 1813. Employing oil on canvas as his medium, Goya presents a portrait that measures 105 by 85 centimeters. The painting is an embodiment of the Romanticism art movement, which is recognized for its emphasis on emotion and individualism.

In the artwork, the viewer observes a young boy standing in a poised and elegant manner. He is dressed in an opulent costume reminiscent of a matador, with elaborate details on the jacket and trousers, indicative of wealth and status. The boy’s attire is adorned with gold braiding and he holds a hat with a red plume in his left hand. His facial expression conveys a sense of seriousness beyond his years, yet he carries an air of innocence characteristic of childhood.

His right hand rests gently on a toy horse, suggesting perhaps the pleasures and privileges of youth within his social class. The use of light and shadow across the boy’s clothing and the softness of the facial features are illustrative of Goya’s skill in capturing the subtleties of texture and the poignant gaze of his subject. Against the muted background, the figure and his immediate surroundings are brought into sharp relief, inviting the viewer to ponder the story and character of the young boy portrayed in this intimate portrait.

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