Martín Mariano de Goicoechea y Calarza

Martín Mariano de Goicoechea y Calarza
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
Oil on copper, roundel 
3-1/8 in. diameter (8.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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This miniature on copper is part of a singular group of portraits Goya painted on the occasion of his son Javier’s marriage. Numbering seven portraits in all, the ensemble was a souvenir of his new daughter-in-law’s family. Depicted here is Martín Mariano, Javier’s brother-in-law. Goya’s spontaneous and fresh technique transferred easily to the small-scale format, as did his ability to communicate his subject’s individuality and state of mind. The artist’s animated yet delicate brushwork, with touches of white impasto on the sitter’s cravat, is balanced with his delicate treatment of the hair and features. This sensitive portrayal suggests Goya’s familiarity with the sitter.


Alejandro Pidal y Mon, by 1900, pre-sumably still in family in 1924.
Clément Altarriba.
[Galerie René Drouet / Sylvia Blatas, Paris, sold 1978, to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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