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Nude Maja

Goya’s Nude Maja, painted sometime between 1797and 1800, caused a riotous response upon its completion and forced the Spanish romantic painter and printmaker to be interrogated and removed from his position of court painter by the Spanish Inquisition. Goya, an artist that straddled the short space between the world of the old Masters and the emergence of modernity, appears to occupy his own space in art history. He is remembered for anguished, fraught works, displaying the horrors of war and the tyranny of man, but to his contemporaries he was a jovial cartoonist, capturing satirical and telling glimpses of the aristocracy. After witnessing the atrocities of the Napoleonic war Goya’s work took on a chilling, ominous dimension, skilfully embodied in his woodcut engravings.

His painting Nude Maja caused a storm through its unique position as the first painting to clearly depict female pubic hair. This subtle, humanizing quality was seen by Goya’s peers as an explicitly sexualised adornment to the classical figurative reproduction. In fact, the Nude Maja can be seen as one of a series of two paintings. Goya created another reproduction of the same woman, posed in the same position but in her usual costume and titled The Clothed Maja. The two paintings were posthumously united and now hang side by side in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

When Goya thought the controversy had died down, some 15 years after the painting was completed, the newly re-established Spanish Inquisition – a Catholic tribunal associated with brutal repression and torture in the sixteenth century – summoned Goya to defend his work and reveal the commissioner. Unfortunately, Goya’s testimony to the inquisition has never emerged, shrouding this earthly masterpiece, the identity of the sitter and the name of the patron in mystery.

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Nude Maja Francisco De Goya y Lucientes

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