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Francisco de Goya, A Manola: Leocadia Zorrilla (Una manola: Leocadia Zorrilla)


Museo del Prado, Madrid

Date: 1820 - 1823
Technique: Mixed technique on wall, 145,7 cm x 129,4 cm

A feminine figure is seen leaning against a funerary mound. In the quinta it was placed opposite Saturn, which it seems to contemplate, as well as Judith and Holofernes. The attitude of the manola corresponds to the established mode of representing Melancholy. Much has been written about the personality of this woman, who is thought to be Leocadia Zorrilla, wife of Isidoro Weiss, whose relationship with the artist is still lost in the shadows. (Valeriano Bozal, Goya-Black paintings)

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