Thursday, 22 September 2011

Goya X-rayed

When the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam bombarded Francisco de Goya's portrait of Don Ramon Satue with X-rays it discovered it had two portraits for the price of one. The portrait beneath is of a French general, possibly Napoleon Bonaparte's brother Joseph, who was King Of Spain from 1808-1813. With Ferdinand VII restored to the Spanish throne, Goya was lumbered with an unfinished and politically incorrect painting. Covering it up with a Spaniard was the smart thing to do (title link).


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