Francisco Goya’s “The Clothed Maja,” created between 1800 and 1805, is a famous pendant painting to his earlier work, “La maja desnuda.” Both paintings are proudly exhibited at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
“The Clothed Maja” features a fashionable lower-class Madrid woman posing fully clothed on a bed of pillows. The subject wears a flashy jerkin over her dress while reclining on a green divan as strong colors and abrupt brushstrokes are used to paint her attire. Goya captures the essence of Romanticism through this artwork by showcasing emotions and sensuality through the female subject.
Having been painted during Goya’s peak artistic career and not publicly displayed during his lifetime adds an intriguing mysterious aspect to the piece. Despite this obscurity, or perhaps because of it, the painting became highly regarded among art connoisseurs worldwide, becoming synonymous with Spanish culture.
Overall, “The Clothed Maja” is an alluring portrait that depicts costume elegance unique to Spain´s Costumbrismo movement popularized during that time period. In combination with its pendant painting counterpart at Prado Museum Madrid -“La maja desnuda”- these two pieces offer history lovers and art enthusiasts alike a rare glimpse into early modern Spanish ideals of beauty and fashion trends.