You know, sometimes when I look for new DailyArts it is hard for me to decide what to present to you. So I search, think of artists, search again ... sometimes it takes hours. But out of that process sometimes I find a painting like today's portrait that sweep me off my feet. Just look at her! So proud and beautiful. Señora Sabasa Garcia was painted between the time that Goya was appointed as the first painter to the court of Charles IV and the Napoleonic invasion of 1808. He painted some of his finest portraits at that time.
Señora Sabasa was the niece of Evaristo Pérez de Castro, Spain's minister of foreign affairs, for whom Goya was painting an official portrait when, according to a perhaps legendary anecdote, the young woman appeared. The artist, struck by her beauty, stopped work and asked permission to paint her portrait. With images like this, spotlighting the restrained fire and beauty of the subject, Goya created the visual vocabulary that embodies the words "Spanish beauty," just as his earlier tapestry cartoons and genre paintings of popular pastimes distilled the essence of Spanish life.
This is art!
P.S. Here's the story of the Duchess of Alba, a Francisco de Goya’s muse!
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