“Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate” by Francisco Goya
“The Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate” by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya is a portrait of the actress Antonia Zárate. It was produced in Goya’s studio and it shows her wearing a fashionable black silk dress in the Empire style. Her arms are covered by fingerless white gloves, her hands holding a closed fan and a mantilla on her head and shoulders.
Antonia Zárate was the daughter of an actor and director of a performing company. She continued in the family tradition as an actress and singer with success throughout Spain, but mainly acted in the Spanish capital where she became a friend of Francisco Goya.
This portrait was painted in 1805 and a second portrait was also painted in 1810-11, the face and hair are very similar, however, the background and dress are very different. This second painting is now in the Hermitage Museum.
This “Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate” is an 1810-1811 painting, now in the Hermitage Museum
This first Goya masterpiece, painted in 1805, was stolen twice, in the 1970’s and then again in 1980’s from a private collector twice. After the recovery in 1993, it was donated to the National Gallery of Ireland.
Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate
- Title: Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate
- Spanish: Retrato de Doña Antonia Zárate
- Artist: Francisco de Goya
- Created: 1805
- Medium: oil on canvas
- Periods: Baroque
- Dimensions: H: 103.5 cm (40.7 in). W: 82 cm (32.3 in).
- Museum: National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
- Name: Francisco Goya
- Birth: 1746 – Fuendetodos, Aragon, Spain
- Died: 1828 (aged 82) – Bordeaux, France
- Nationality: Spanish
- Movement: Romanticism
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci
Photo Credit 1) Francisco de Goya [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons