Exhibitions/ Art Object

Juan María Osorio

Artist:
Augustín Esteve y Marques (Spanish, Valencia 1753–ca. 1820 Madrid (?))
Date:
ca. 1786
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
47 1/4 × 33 in. (120 × 83.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of the Hanna Fund, 1946.431
Not on view
Esteve, a collaborator of Goya’s, also produced a series of portraits of members of the Altamira family. The inscription in this portrait identifies the sitter as Juan María Osorio, the middle brother of Vicente and Manuel. Born on August 28, 1780, he barely lived past infancy, dying in 1785.

This portrait was probably commissioned before the boy died, and only completed afterward. Esteve includes symbols referring to the child’s death, such as the flying bird and the open cage inscribed "DIOS" (God).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Goya and the Altamira Family," April 22–August 3, 2014.