Portrait of Ferdinand VII (1814) by Francisco Goya

Portrait of Ferdinand VII - Francisco Goya - 1814

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of Ferdinand VII
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions212 x 146 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Portrait of Ferdinand VII

The artwork “Portrait of Ferdinand VII” is a creation of Francisco Goya, completed in the year 1814. The medium used is oil on canvas, exemplifying the Romanticism art movement. The dimensions of the painting are 212 x 146 cm, and it falls under the portrait genre. It is currently housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts Ferdinand VII of Spain in regal attire. The stance is one of authority, with the figure positioned frontally, set against a muted background that offers no distraction from the sovereign’s imposing presence. Ferdinand is adorned with the luxurious symbols of power, including a richly embroidered robe, glistening decorations, and the golden staff, which signifies royal command. His expression is stern, perhaps reflective of the political turmoil of his reign, imbued with a sense of self-awareness and the gravitas of his office. Goya’s brushwork and his treatment of the textiles and metals demonstrate both the skill and the subtlety for which he is renowned, capturing the textures and sheens with remarkable realism. Despite the ornate details of the vestments, it is the king’s gaze that dominates the composition, characterized by an intensity that suggests both the complexity of his character and the challenges of his time.

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