Sebastián Martínez y Pérez (1747–1800)

Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 641

Shimmering silk, buttons, and buckles in this sensitive portrait exhibit Goya’s signature paint handling, applied lightly and in semi-transparent layers. Posed perpendicular to the picture plane, the man contemplates a print, only a small corner of which is visible; the paper’s reverse reads "Don Sebastián Martínez by his friend Goya 1792." During a period of illness that led to deafness, Goya spent several months in Martínez’s home in Cádiz, a bustling, international harbor town. Martínez was a famous collector of books, prints, and paintings; he held the position of chief treasurer of the Finance Committee of Cádiz.

#5214. Sebastián Martínez y Pérez (1747–1800)

Sebastián Martínez y Pérez (1747–1800), Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Oil on canvas

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