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Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate – Hermitage Museum

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“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 most likely an outfit from one of her performances.

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 1810 – 1811 and may have been derived from an earlier and larger portrait painted in 1805, the face and hair are very similar, however the background and dress are very different. This second painting is now in the National Gallery of Ireland

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes - Portrait of Antonia Zárate - WGA10053

This “Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate” is an 1810-1811 painting, now in the National Gallery of Ireland

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                 Portrait of Doña Antonia Zárate
  • Spanish:           Retrato de Doña Antonia Zárate
  • Artist:               Francisco de Goya
  • Created:           1810/11
  • Medium:          oil on canvas
  • Periods:            Baroque
  • Dimensions:    71 × 58 cm (28 × 22.8 in)
  • Museum:          Hermitage MuseumSaint Petersburg


  • Name:           Francisco Goya
  • Birth:            1746 – Fuendetodos, Aragon, Spain
  • Died:             1828 (aged 82) – Bordeaux, France
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Movement:  Romanticism
  • Masterpieces:
    • The Second of May 1808, 1814
    • The Third of May 1808, 1814. Oil on canvas, 266 х 345 cm. Museo del Prado, Madrid
    • La maja vestida, 1800–1805
    • Charles IV of Spain and His Family, 1800
    • The Parasol, 1777
    • Sacrifice to Pan, 1771. Colección José Gudiol, Barcelona


“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Leonardo da Vinci



Photo Credit 1) Francisco de Goya [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons