The Old Woman with a Mirror (1828) by Francisco Goya

The Old Woman with a Mirror - Francisco Goya - 1828

Artwork Information

TitleThe Old Woman with a Mirror
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About The Old Woman with a Mirror

“The Old Woman with a Mirror” is an artwork by Francisco Goya, dated to 1828. This work is situated within the Romanticism art movement and is classified as a genre painting. It is housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, where it contributes to the rich tapestry of artistic history preserved at this renowned institution.

The artwork portrays an elderly woman seated in a somewhat hunched position. She is captured engaging with a handheld mirror, an object that often symbolizes self-reflection and vanity, yet, in this context, it might evoke reflections on aging and the passage of time. Goya’s work depicts the figure with loose, sketch-like lines that convey the texture of her attire and the expressiveness of her face. Her clothing appears to be traditional and modest, suggesting a scene of everyday life. The background is minimally detailed, which brings the viewer’s focus primarily to the woman and her actions. The overall tone of the piece is intimate and contemplative, as it invites the audience to ponder the story and emotions behind the woman’s gaze into the mirror. Goya’s execution in this piece exemplifies his ability to imbue genre scenes with depth and emotional resonance, a characteristic of his later works that align with the Romantic ideals of exploring complex human conditions and emotions.

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