Goya: The Portraits – Unflinchingly honest

Goya: The Portraits at The National Gallery, London

In comparison to Francisco Goya’s nightmarish depictions of war (see his The Third Of May 1808 or The Disasters Of War), it might be expected that his portraits commissioned by the powerful at the Spanish court would be considerably tamer. They are certainly not anywhere near as horrific. Yet in his portraits one aspect of Goya’s art remains: his unflinching honesty.

Francisco de Goya The Countess-Duchess of Benavente 1785 Oil on canvas 105 × 78 cm Private Collection, Spain © Joaquín Cortés

Francisco de Goya, The Countess-Duchess of Benavente (1785), Oil on canvas, 105 × 78 cm, Private Collection, Spain © Joaquín Cortés

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