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Portrait of an Old Woman

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Acquired in 1940 as a portrait by the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya of his mother, this attribution has long been dismissed – along with the authenticity of two accompanying letters, also supposedly by Goya, that mention the painting. The identity of the sitter remains unknown, but her brooch represents the Virgin of Solitude: she may have been a member of a specific lay religious society in Puerto Rico.

Date

c.1800–1805

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 105 x W 85 cm

Accession number

40.5

Acquisition method

purchased, 1940

Work type

Painting


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