Charles IV of Spain and His Family

Charles IV of Spain and His Family is a famous portraiture which was painted in 1800 by Francisco De Goya (1746-1828) who was an omnipotent painter all over the world, named as the greatest painter of Spain by the King Charles IV. This oil painting was requested by Charles IV at the day he was crowned, depicting the real royal family and his followers by their vivid countenances and gestures in realism technique. In order to avoid the number 13 (actually there’re only 13 people stood in front of Goya), Goya painted himself into this painting (the one stands under the dark in the left back row, also reflecting Goya observed and mocked the Royal on the other hand) Goya described the King who was atrocious and short-sighted by his numb countenance, fat body( some said his fat body like the turkey on the oven) and arrogant posture, the Queen, was weird (her neck twisted) although she pretend to be serious and earnest, selfish and cunning; the King’s sister(the five from left) was so ugly that the painter didn’t know how to describe therefore he made the lady’s face looking in the back; the rest ones, some stretch the chests and expand the bellies; some are zombie; the kids’ countenances are stiffness although they should be represented most childish and fresh in this painting, which all made this painting lose its distinguishing although they’re well dressed. The most significant of this portraiture painting reveals the real life and history to the King Charles IV, showing the satire and mock from the author.

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