The four portraits that Spanish artist Francisco de Goya painted of the Count of Altamira's family between 1786 and 1788 will be on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art until Aug. 3.
The exhibition reunites two paintings that were already in the Met's possession, that of little Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, known as the "Red Boy," and the beautiful "Condesa de Altamira and her daughter, Maria Agustina," with another two oils of the family coming from Spain.
With the aid of the Spanish Consulate in New York, the museum will exhibit the portrait of Count Altamira, Vicente Isabel Ossorio de Moscoso, provided by the Bank of Spain, and one of his son, Vicente Joaquin de Toledo, which belongs to a private collection.
The exhibition, entitled "Goya and the Altamira Family," is an example of the painter's first portraits of aristocrats and were commissioned by the count.
Francisco de Goya was contracted to paint a series of portraits of people linked to the Bank of San Carlos, the forerunner of the current Bank of Spain, of which the Count of Altamira was one of its first directors as well as one of the wealthiest eminences in Spain at the time and an important collector and patron of the arts.
Thanks to the count being highly pleased with the first painting by the iconic artist, he commissioned Goya to do the rest of the family portraits.
The exhibition includes a fifth portrait, that of his middle son, Juan Maria Osorio, painted by Goya protege Augustin Esteve, on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Collaborating in this exhibition, organized by Xavier F. Salomon, were the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and the Frick Collection. EFE