Charles IV of Spain and His Family

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original title

La familia de Carlos IV

The artwork




Oil, canvas

Group Portrait
280 cm x 336 cm


The artist

Francisco José de Goya

June 6, 1599


Where to see it

Museo Nacional del Prado

"I have had three masters, Nature, Velasquez, and Rembrandt.“
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.

This is just our small contribution, your curiosity can do the rest.


If you think I’m crazy wait till you meet my family.

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