The Clothed Maja (1801-03) by Francisco Goya

The Clothed Maja - Francisco Goya - 1800

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TitleThe Clothed Maja
ArtistFrancisco Goya
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions95 x 190 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About The Clothed Maja

“The Clothed Maja” is a renowned artwork by Francisco Goya, created in the year 1800. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a celebrated example from the Romanticism art movement, and it occupies significant space with its dimensions of 95 x 190 cm. The artwork, which is a portrait, is housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, offering visitors a glimpse into the enigmatic allure often associated with Goya’s subjects.

The artwork presents a woman reclining on a set of luxurious cushions, her body extended across the frame in a relaxed pose. Her attire is sumptuous, focusing on a white garment with ruffled edges, richly adorned with golden-yellow embellishments that match her shoes. Her dark hair is styled in a way that frames her face, which gazes directly at the viewer with an expression mingling self-assurance with a hint of mystery. The background is subdued, primarily consisting of shadowy tones that further accentuate the luminosity of her dress and the delicate paleness of her skin.

Despite the attire’s coverage, the painting exudes a sense of sensuality, attributable to the subject’s posture and the soft rendering of the textiles and flesh. Her left arm is bent with her hand gently touching her hair, while the right supports her as she leans into the cushions. There is an intricate interplay of light and shadow across the folds of her dress, showcasing Goya’s skill in rendering fabric and form. Painted during a period when portraiture often carried significant social and political connotations, “The Clothed Maja” maintains an air of intrigue and personal narrative that continues to captivate audiences to this day.

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