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Goya – Las Majas (Desnuda y Vestida)

November 4, 2009

La Majas (Desnuda y Vestida)

Francisco de GoyaLa Maja Desnuda” and “La Maja Vestida” 1800 – 1803

Current Location: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

La maja desnuda (known in English as The Naked (or Nude) Maja) is an oil on canvas painting by the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya, portraying a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows. It was executed some time between 1797 and 1800, and is sometimes said to be the first clear depiction of female pubic hair in a large Western painting.

La maja vestida is a clothed version of La maja desnuda and is exhibited next to it in the same room at the Prado Museum in Madrid. The painting was first owned by Prime Minister Manuel de Godoy, who was known as an avid womanizer, and was originally hung in his home in front of the naked maja in a way that the naked maja could be revealed at any time with the help of a pulley mechanism.

Tags: Francisco de Goya, Goya, La maja desnuda, La maja vestida, modernism, naked woman, nude, Museo del Prado, Madrid, art kicks ass, famous art, masterpieces, artists, painter, boobies, Bradley Werner

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