Queen Maria Luisa (1789) by Francisco Goya

Queen Maria Luisa - Francisco Goya - 1789

Artwork Information

TitleQueen Maria Luisa
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Art MovementRomanticism

About Queen Maria Luisa

The artwork “Queen Maria Luisa” is a portrait painted by Francisco Goya in 1789. This piece is grounded in the Romanticism movement, which often emphasized emotion and individualism. As a portrait, the painting captures the likeness and character of its subject, Queen Maria Luisa of Spain.

In the artwork, Queen Maria Luisa is depicted with a countenance that exudes both grace and confidence. She is adorned in a lavish black dress detailed with intricate beadwork and embroidery, which suggests her royal status. The opulence of her attire is further accentuated by the delicate lace and the sparkling brooch at her waist. Drawing particular attention is the grandiose hat she wears, embellished with feathers and ribbons, lending the artwork an air of regal splendor. The queen is positioned against a dimly lit, ambiguous background, which throws the focus onto her figure, making her the undeniable focal point of the portrait. Her poise and direct gaze invite viewers to engage with the dignity and stature befitting her royal standing. The overall composition reflects Goya’s skill in capturing the essence of his subject while adhering to the aesthetic principles of his time.

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