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<---- Begin Forwarded Message ----> From: Subject: This big To: Cc:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 09:58:40 +0000 From: Ed Atkeson  Reply-To: To: "Galligan, Jan"  Subject: How big How big is the "Maja"? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 12-12-97 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. <----  End Forwarded Message  ---->
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