Ignacio Garcini y Queralt (1752–1825), Brigadier of Engineers

Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 641

An official in Spain’s War Department, Garcini wears the uniform of the Corps of Engineers in this somewhat puffed up, self-satisfied image. The splayed collar and decorative buttonholes help to animate his formal attire, which was originally more severe: the embroidered red cross and the badge of the Order of Santiago are decorations he received in 1806 and must have been added later. After the French invasion of Spain in 1808, Garcini became a collaborator of the enemy, and in 1811 he wrote the book Chronicle of Spain Since the Reign of Charles IV: Account of the Persecution Suffered by Colonel D. Ignacio Garcini.

Ignacio Garcini y Queralt (1752–1825), Brigadier of Engineers, Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Oil on canvas

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