The Infant Don Francisco de Paula
, 1800


Don Francisco de Paula (1794 - 1865) was the child of Karl IV and Maria Luisa. In this draft for a family portrait, Goya has mastered to show us the tenderness of this boy and his character which is naive and roguish at the same time.

Goyas technique is sketchlike, and with few powerful brushes, he reflects the garment, the lace collar, the band and the silk belt. Goyas masterhood can probably be recognized more in sketches like this portrait than in his finished works. The characteristic reddish and ochre first coat of the canvas makes it possible by means of transparency to create dark and deep shadows which accentuate the volume of the figure.

This painting has been in the Prado museum since the early 19th century.