Portrait of Félix Colón de Larriátegui

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)

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Goya was the leading portraitist at the court of Carlos IV of Spain. Portraits such as this were thought remarkable by Goya's contemporaries, not only for their accurate likenesses, but for their compelling illusion of life itself. Félix Colón, a descendant of Christopher Columbus, was an officer of the Royal Infantry Guards and the author of a treatise on military justice. Here he holds a quill pen to indicate his authorship of the volumes behind him. He wears the badge of a Knight Commander of the Order of Santiago, which he entered in 1794, the year this portrait was painted.

Conde de Robres, Zaragoza;{1}
By descent to his son, Baron Sangarren, Zaragoza;
Richard Traumann, Madrid;{2}
(Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris);{3}
José de Santamarina, Paris;{4}
Sarah Wilkinson Santamarina, Paris; {5}
(Wildenstein Gallery, New York);{6}
Purchased by Josiah K. Lilly Jr. [1893-1966], Indianapolis, in 1962;
Purchased by Herman C. Krannert [1887-1972, in 1970;
By inheritance to his wife, Ellnora Decker Krannert [1890-1974];
By bequest to the Krannert Charitable Trust, in 1974;
Given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1975 (75.454).
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{1} See the entry in Illustrated Catalogue of the Twelfth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French and English Schools, being a Portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery Containing also a General Index of the 1500 Pictures described in the 13 Catalogues of the Sedelmeyer Gallery Published to Date, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris 1913, under cat. no. 42.
{2} See footnote 1 above.
{3} See footnote 1 above.
{4} See Ronda Kasl and Suzanne L. Stratton, Painting in Spain in the Age of Enlightenment: Goya and his Contemporaries, Indianapolis Museum of Art 1997, cat. no. 46.
{5} See footnote 4 above.
{6} See footnote 4 above.

Object Information

artist
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
creation date
1794
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
43-5/8 x 33-1/8 in.
approximately 55-1/4 x 45 x 6 in. (framed)
accession number
75.454
credit line
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors