Tiburcio Pérez y Cuervo (1785/86–1841), the Architect

Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 641

Pérez’s loosely rolled up sleeves—a painterly tour de force—and relaxed expression combine with Goya’s nearly monochrome palette to create an exceptionally direct and informal portrait of the artist’s close friend, the architect Tiburcio Pérez. The year before, Goya had painted Pérez’s uncle, also an architect, in a far more regal and conventional portrait, which is today in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Pérez was responsible for the design of several institutional buildings in Madrid, including a medical school on the Calle de Atocha.

Tiburcio Pérez y Cuervo (1785/86–1841), the Architect, Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Oil on canvas

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