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Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Date: ca. 1810Accession Number: 61.259
Date: 1804Accession Number: 55.145.1
Luis Meléndez (Spanish, Naples 1716–1780 Madrid)
Date: ca. 1772Accession Number: 1982.60.39
Date: 1804Accession Number: 55.145.2
Date: 1792Accession Number: 06.289
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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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