The Duke of Wellington (1812 – 1814) by Francisco Goya

The Duke of Wellington - Francisco Goya - 1812 - 1814

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TitleThe Duke of Wellington
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1812 - 1814
Dimensions52.4 x 64.3 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About The Duke of Wellington

The artwork titled “The Duke of Wellington” was created by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya between the years 1812 and 1814. Executed in oil on canvas, this portrait exemplifies the Romanticism art movement. Measuring 52.4 by 64.3 centimeters, it holds the distinction of being a significant piece within its genre. The artwork is preserved and showcased at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

The portrait captures the distinguished likeness of its subject with striking fidelity and expressive detail. The Duke is depicted in a frontal pose, gazing out toward the viewer, conveying both poise and authority. Goya’s adept use of light and shadow enhances the three-dimensionality of the figure, while his masterful brushwork brings out the textures of the Duke’s ornate military regalia. The subject’s decorations, medals, and sash are rendered with meticulous attention to detail, reflecting both his high social status and military achievements. The subdued background serves to foreground the figure, emphasizing the individual’s importance and stature. Goya’s artistic skill in portraiture is evident in this work, as he communicates the character and stature of the Duke with a sense of immediacy and gravitas.

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