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image of María Teresa de Borbón y Vallabriga, later Condesa de Chinchón Francisco de Goya (artist)
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
María Teresa de Borbón y Vallabriga, later Condesa de Chinchón, 1783
oil on canvas
overall: 134.5 x 117.5 cm (52 15/16 x 46 1/4 in.) framed: 154.3 x 136.8 x 5.7 cm (60 3/4 x 53 7/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
1970.17.123
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From the Tour: Francisco de Goya
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Conservation Notes

The painting is on a coarse, open-weave fabric attached to a lining fabric of heavy plain weave. The thin red ground does not conceal the fabric texture. Goya applied paste-consistency oils directly with a great deal of certainty. Because the dog is the only compositional element that overlaps adjacent areas, it seems possible that Goya had not planned to include the dog when he began the portrait. There is very little evidence of glazing. The painting is in fairly good condition with slight losses and abrasion. There is retouching in the sky at upper left, at the bottom of María Teresa's skirt (between her right shoe and the dog), and in the foliage at bottom left. The red ground may be more prominent in the sky now than at the time of the portrait's completion due to a combination of minor abrasion and increased transparency of the blue-white mix.

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