Narcisa Barañana de Goicoechea

Attributed to Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish

Not on view

This painting first came to light in 1900, when it was lent to the large Goya exhibition in Madrid as the pendant to a portrait of the sitter's husband, Juan Bautista de Goicoechea y Urrutia. Juan Bautista was appointed Minister of War to Ferdinand VII in 1815 and in his portrait (now in the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlesruhe) wears the order of Charles III, received in the same year. He was apparently distantly related to Gumersinda Goicoechea, who married Goya's son Javier in 1805. Our portrait may have been painted close to the time of Javier's marriage, but was certainly executed by 1815/16.

Despite the signature on the ring—a favorite device of Goya's—the attribution of this portrait has recently been questioned by some authorities.

Narcisa Barañana de Goicoechea, Attributed to Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux), Oil on canvas

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