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Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Date: 1787–88Accession Number: 49.7.41
Date: 1787–88Accession Number: 1975.1.148
Date: 1820Accession Number: 30.95.242
Date: 1792Accession Number: 06.289
Date: ca. 1810Accession Number: 61.259
Luis Egidio Meléndez (or Menéndez) (Spanish, Naples 1716–1780 Madrid)
Date: ca. 1772Accession Number: 1982.60.39
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In the eighteenth century, Francisco de Goya was the uncompromising portraitist of the Spanish court as well as of the intellectual elite—a fully engaged observer of his tumultuous times, which saw the collapse of a corrupt monarchy, the wars of independence, the return of the king, and Goya's exile to France. In his work, Goya commented scathingly on the cruelties of war and established a model for the passionate and controversial modern artist. The Metropolitan's collection of his portraits is of exceptional quality, ranging in time from 1787–88 (the charming portrait of the Count of Altamira's young son, Manuel Osorio) to 1820 (the warm and direct depiction of Tiburcio Pérez, an architect and the painter's close friend).
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