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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, The Naked Maja, circa 1797–1800


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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, The Naked Maja, circa 1797–1800.PNG

 

Definitely comfortable in her own skin, this female nude staring unashamedly at the viewer caused quite a stir when it was painted, and even got Goya into hot water with the Spanish Inquisition. Among other things, it features one of the first depictions of public hair in Western art. Commissioned by Manuel de Godoy, Spain’s Prime Minister, The Naked Maja was accompanied by another version with the sitter clothed. The identity of the woman remains a mystery, though she is most thought to be Godoy’s young mistress, Pepita Tudó.

 

 

 

 

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