Portrait of Charles IV of Spain (1789) by Francisco Goya

Portrait of Charles IV of Spain - Francisco Goya - 1789

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Charles IV of Spain
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions127 x 94 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, Spain

About Portrait of Charles IV of Spain

“Portrait of Charles IV of Spain” is an exquisite artwork by Francisco Goya, dating back to 1789. The medium of this portrait is oil on canvas, and it portrays a majestic image with dimensions of 127 x 94 cm. As a product of the Romanticism art movement, it is housed at the Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid, Spain, and represents the genre of portraiture that was prevalent at the time.

The artwork depicts Charles IV of Spain standing with an authoritative yet subtle demeanor. His attire is exceptionally detailed, comprising a luxuriant red coat ornately embellished with patterns and decorations that reflect his royal status. He is adorned with a sash and a badge denoting his order, underscoring his regal bearing. The brush strokes exhibit the deft hand of Goya, with the fabric textures and flesh tones rendered in a realistic fashion that contribute to the lifelike quality of the painting.

Charles IV’s expression is poised and somber, with Goya capturing the solemnity appropriate for a monarch. The dark background contrasts sharply with the elaborate clothing and bright skin tones, directing focus to the subject. The subtle play of light and shadow enhances the three-dimensional effect and the solemn atmosphere of the portrait. Through this work, Goya conveys the gravity and prestige attached to Charles IV, offering a nuanced glimpse into the monarch’s persona and the artistic prowess of the Romantic period.

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