"Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Zunig, Francisco Goya
Description of the picture:
Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio and Zunig – Francisco Goya. Around 1792. Oil on canvas. 127×101.6
The genius of Goya was a unique phenomenon in the Spanish art of the turn of the 18-19 centuries, which he elevated to the greatness of former times. The artist’s creativity passed through the last Rococo period, reaching the threshold of realism and revealing itself in a huge variety of subjects. In portraits, almost a century anticipating romantic ideas, the Spanish master was able to reveal the psychic essence of the characters through appearance.
This is a canvas depicting Malekhan Osorio, born in one thousand seven hundred eighty-four, is one of a series of cross-sectional portraits commissioned by Count Altamira. A child dressed in a suit of bright red color is placed on a monochrome background, which focuses on his figure. In the baby’s hands is a lace tied to the magpie’s foot, which, justifying its glory as a “thief”, holds in its beak an artist’s business card, which puts its signature at work in such an unusual way. Other animals depicted in the picture enclose a symbolic meaning within themselves, indicating how ghostly the border is between the gullible children’s world and the evil forces lurking in it."