Portrait of Don José Queralto (c.1802) by Francisco Goya

Portrait of Don José Queralto - Francisco Goya - c.1802

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Don José Queralto
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationAlte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

About Portrait of Don José Queralto

The artwork titled “Portrait of Don José Queralto” is an oil on canvas painting by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya, believed to have been created around 1802. It exemplifies the Romanticism movement, a genre known for emphasizing emotion and individualism. As a portrait, it captures the likeness and character of its subject, Don José Queralto. Currently, this piece is housed within the prestigious Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany.

The artwork presents a half-length depiction of Don José Queralto, who appears as a figure of distinction and poise. The subject is dressed in military attire, featuring a red jacket adorned with bright buttons and decorations that signify his status. His white cravat and the high collar further accentuate the formality and the elegance of his presentation. Queralto’s expression is dignified, with a subtle hint of introspection or resolve, which is a common trait of portraiture from the Romantic period. The background of the portrait is dark, focusing the viewer’s attention on the subject. The use of chiaroscuro—a technique where sharp contrasts between light and dark are employed—adds to the dramatic and emotional impact of the artwork, in line with the Romantic ideals of the era. Overall, the painting is a strong representation of Goya’s skill in capturing not just the physical appearance but also the psychological depth of his subjects.

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