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An Ecclesiastic

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Description This cosmopolitan Catalan painter visited Paris and London and worked at Portici near Naples during the last year of his life. His late works reflect an interest in light, a distinctive use of color, and an awareness of current international trends, including the influence of Japanese art on the West. This astonishing image may reflect the influence of Francisco Goya (1746-1828), a Spanish artist whom Fortuny revered. This fluidly painted and sharply caricatural depiction of a portly cleric is also in keeping with Goya's biting satirical eye and spontaneous late manner.
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for loan
6/12/1951Treatmentcleaned; coated
4/30/1984Examinationexamined for exhibition
5/04/1984Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
  • 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Boldini and his Circle. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2018-2021.
  • Excursions through the Collection: Portraiture, Adornment, and the Natural World. 2019-2021.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1878-1884 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Fortuny; [Date] 74 (?)
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1878-1884

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oil on panel
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H: 7 1/2 x W: 5 1/8 in. (19 x 13 cm); Framed H: 15 7/16 × W: 13 1/8 × D: 3 15/16 in. (39.2 × 33.4 × 10 cm)
  • Spain (Place of Origin)
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