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Portrait of a lady
(c. 1810)

oil on canvas
84.2 × 70.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1926
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
This unsigned portrait of an unidentified Spanish noblewoman was acquired by the NGV in 1926 as a work of the renowned Spanish master Francisco de Goya. By the 1960s the attribution to Goya was questioned, based on an analysis of brushwork. Recent scholarship and research is working towards codifying works by Goya's contemporaries. Current thinking is that this portrait is indeed by Marino Salvador Maella an artist who trained in Madrid and Rome who was appointed painter to the Spanish Court in 1774, around the same time that Goya also received this honour.