Art Pick of the Week ... Maya by Francisco Jose De Goya

Hello Darlings,

In 1797, Francisco Jose de Goya traveled through Andalusia with the beautiful and capricious Duchess of Alba. The two Maya paintings were completed around 1797. Together with a superficial likeness, this gave rise to considerable speculation. Yet even without projecting any such connection, these paintings would be no less provocative.

Francisco Jose de Goya The Clothed Maja, c.1797 Oil on canvas, 95x190cm Madrid, Museo del Prado
Francisco Jose de Goya The Naked Maja, c.1797 Oil on canvas, 97x190cm Madrid, Museo del Prado


" Maya" is the Spanish word used to describe an ordinary girl of the lower classes when she dressed up in the latest fashion and finery. She is both simple and special, one of the people, and the feast for the eyes at the same time. Goya's Maya is no Venus; what we see here is not sublimated sensuality in the disguise of antiquity, but sensuality itself. Her pose is obvious, her challenge bold. Goya shows her both clothed and naked: nudity is not a mythological attribute here, but simply a state of undress. By dispensing with traditional patterns, the artist creates a scene of provocative reality.

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