Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero
The most successful portraitist in early nineteenth-century Spain, Goya painted the royal family as well as the era’s most distinguished civil and military leaders, including the subject of this work. Tadeo Bravo de Rivero wears the brilliant uniform of a cavalry officer: a scarlet coat trimmed with gold and silver braid (here adorned with the medal of the prestigious Order of Santiago), tight-fitting leggings, high boots with gleaming spurs, and a ceremonial sword at the hip. His tri-cornered hat in his left hand, Tadeo Bravo majestically gestures to the battle-darkened sky with his right hand, holding a riding crop. At the officer’s feet, Goya places a dog, a traditional symbol of fidelity suggesting the subject’s devotion to his king. Though this is a formal portrait, the artist declares his friendship with Tadeo Bravo by adding the signed dedication “A su amigo” (To his friend) in the lower left corner.
- Artist: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: Spain
- Dates: 1806
- Dimensions: 81 1/2 x 45 11/16 in. (207.0 x 116.0 cm) frame: 91 x 58 1/2 x 5 in. (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed, lower left: "Dn. Tadeo Bravo de/Rivero por su amgo. Goya/1806"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 34.490
- Credit Line: Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828). Portrait of Don Tadeo Bravo de Rivero, 1806. Oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 45 11/16 in. (207.0 x 116.0 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 34.490
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)