Portrait of a Lady (María Martínez de Puga?), 1824
Oil on canvas
The Frick Collection
Mystery surrounds the sitter, who is provisionally identified as the wife of a witness to a power-of-attorney executed by Goya before leaving Madrid. Neither is it known whether Goya painted the work in Madrid, Paris, or Bordeaux, the cities where he spent time in the pivotal year of 1824. With its subdued palette and daring, informal technique, the portrait has long been recognized as a masterpiece of the final years.
Principal funding for Goya's Last Works has been provided by the Robert Lehman Foundation, with major support from Merrill Lynch; Melvin R. Seiden in honor of Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi; The Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Eberstadt; The Samuel H. Kress Foundation; and The Getty Grant Program of The J. Paul Getty Trust. The catalogue has been generously underwritten by Lawrence and Julie Salander and made possible, in part, by Furthermore: A Program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. Support for scholarly programming has been provided by the Arthur Ross Foundation. Additional support has been provided by The Helen Clay Frick Foundation and the Fellows of The Frick Collection.
This exhibition is also supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.