Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Why we love it
Goya, in 1800, is inspired by Velázquez’s Meninas of 2 centuries before, but Goya’s work is after the French Revolution, so it shows the Kings, who lose their royal aurea, and become a normal bourgeois family.
Queen Louisa in the center of the painting, she was the real power though it seems that the real protagonist is the six-year-old boy dressed in red, who appears in the center of the image with the sash of Carlos III across his chest. He is the infante Francisco de Paula, who, according to court rumors, was said to be the adulterous son of Queen María Luisa de Parma and Manuel Godoy.
This led to numerous intrigues at court that for these or other reasons ended in the dispossession of the right of succession to the throne of the infant.