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Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 09:58:40 +0000
From: Ed Atkeson
To: "Galligan, Jan"
Subject: How big
How big is the "Maja"?
From 1775 to 1792 Goya was a painter of the court and in 1789 was
given the title of Court Painter. In 1792 he suffered an illness
that left him completely deaf, and from then on his art became
more personal and often bizzare.
Sometime between 1795 and 1803 he painted a pair of figure paintings,
"The Naked Maja" and "The Clothed Maja". Historians believe that "The
Naked Maja" precedes "The Clothed Maja" by several years.
In "The Naked Maja", Goya's careful and glossy brushwork achieves a
gleaming and velvety finish which suggests sensousness. The perfect
chromatic tonality, composed of greens, greys, whites and flesh
colors, results in a supremely delicate coloring.
In "The Clothed Maja", Goya used a freer style, broad brushwork and
bolder colours, introducing the yellow of her jacket and the rose
colour in the sash incircling her waist like a band.
Both paintings were in the private collection of Don Manuel de
Godoy, former Prime Minister of Spain, whose portrait "Don Manuel
de Godoy", Goya painted in 1803. In this portrait he is shown
formidably self-satisfied, gazing beyond the furled standard with
an almost cruel delight at some private pleasure.
In 1815, The Spanish Inquisition took both paintings and judged
them obscene. The pose of the Maja (The Gypsy) is hardly
less provocative even in full dress, and clearly she offers herself
sexually. Her pose recalls the abandonded nude at the right of
Titian's "Andrian Bacchanal", then in the royal collection of Spain.
Both paintings now hang side by side in Room XXXVI on the Main
Floor at the far east end of the Museo del Prado. The paintings are
as twins, framed in the exact manner, each measuring 24 feet
wide by 11 feet high.
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