Failing to win a Scholarship to the Royal Academy, at age 14, Goya began his studies in Aragon and later in Madrid.
Returning to Madrid in 1777, Goya won a commission to design a series of tapestries for the Royal Tapestry Factory.
Over five years, Goya created some 42 patterns covering the stone walls of Spanish Royal palaces, such as El Escorial.
Discover Goya’s Portrait Paintings
Goya's commission to paint a portrait of the Count of Floridablanca in 1783 earned him royal favor. In 1790 he was appointed First Court Painter. The Spanish Aristocracy commissioned Goya to paint their portraits. Many of these paintings also include scenes of the Spanish Royal Family.
Goya’s best-known portraits of Spanish nobility are The Count of Floridablanca, 1783, now owned by the Bank of Spain in Madrid.
Two other famous portrait paintings are The Family of Infante Don Luis 1784, in the Magnani-Rocca Foundation in Italy, and The Marquesa de Pontejos 1786, in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Goya portraits, The Duchess of Alba 1795 (The White Duchess), is owned by the Alba Family in Madrid. The Hispanic Society of America holds the Duchess of Alba 1797 (The Black Duchess) in New York City.
The painting was commissioned by the Prime Minister of Spain, Manuel de Godoy, for his private collection. A second painting, this time with the same model fully clothed, La Maja Vestida – The Clothed Maja, 1805, was also commissioned.
The two paintings sit happily together in The Prado Museum in Madrid. In addition, both Goya Maja oil paintings are available as reproduction paintings on canvas from our online catalog of replica oil paintings for sale.
Goya’s career changed when the French army invaded Spain in 1808, in the Peninsular War from 1808 – 1814. During this period, Goya received commissions from the new French King Joseph, the brother of Napoleon.
Goya painted a series of 14 paintings known as the Black Paintings, which are murals painted in oils directly on the walls of his farmhouse.
Francisco Goya black paintings were completed from 1819 onwards after he suffered from an unknown illness leaving him very weak and deaf.
After Goya died in Bordeaux in 1828, the murals were carefully cut from the walls, restored, and later donated to the Spanish Government.
All fourteen murals, now transferred to canvas and wooden frames, are displayed at the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Goya painted The Colossus in 1808-1812, also known as The Giant. Although this oil painting pre-dates Goya’s black paintings, it is clear that the technique references his art from that time.
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