Exhibitions/ Art Object

Vicente Joaquín Osorio Moscoso y Guzman, Count of Altamira

Artist:
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Date:
1787
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
69 11/16 × 42 1/2 in. (177 × 108 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Banco de España, Madrid
Not on view
Goya was one of the shareholders of the Banco Nacional de San Carlos (known after 1829 as the Banco de España). Between 1785 and 1788, he painted six portraits for the bank, five of which represented directors of the institution, including this one.

The Count of Altamira is shown seated at his desk, with one hand resting alongside his work papers. He was well known for his diminutive height. The English politician Henry Richard Vassall-Fox, 3rd Baron Holland, claimed that Altamira "was the least man I ever saw in society, and smaller than many dwarfs exhibited for money."
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Goya and the Altamira Family," April 22–August 3, 2014.