This was the first place I found the painting link Goya’s Ghosts,
2nd place Link Goya's "Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zúñiga"
I have had this Goya Lithograph since 1977.
It has been through a house fire and 4 moves and has survived. It was old when I received it from a neighbor when I was a kid. She was going to just throw it in the trash.
This is so amazing You have to look close to see the hidden cat.
Me and Art
Before I was 10 years old I loved animals and Art. My neighbor at our 2nd home was a collector. I felt honored she brought me in and showed me her art collection. That 1 time left a lasting memory on me. This picture has always had a place of honor in my home. My friend a number of times said I should get ride of it as it did not work with my decor. But no way this is my childhood treasure. I would get rid of my decor before it would go. I am eclectic so any thing goes. At my old home it went toward a south west and native American flair. But this still had it's own place. I had no ideal this was a Goya painting till the Sheba cat food commercial came on tv and it was in it. Here is a link to his painting some one else took in New York: The Metropolitan Museum
About the portrait
They say this portrait represents the son of the Conde De Altamira. Outfitted in a splendid red costume, Don Manuel is shown playing with a pet magpie (which holds the painter's calling card in its beak), a cage full of finches, and three wide-eyed cats. In Christian art, birds frequently symbolize the soul, and in Baroque art caged birds are symbolic of innocence. Goya may have intended this portrait as an illustration of the frail boundaries that separate the child's world from the forces of evil, or as a commentary on the fleeting nature of innocence and youth. The picture is one of several portraits commissioned by the Altamiras after Goya was appointed painter to the king (1786). It may have been executed after the child's death in 1792, since the imagery and sinister undertone seem more characteristic of Goya's works of the 1790s.
Look what I found while searching for this info. A doll . Yes I bought it. He he He is art not a toy.
There was the only 2 on the Internet The small photo is the one they will be sending me in the box. This is an Effanbee 1985 Limited Edition 14" Doll. It portraits Francisco De Goya;s Portrait painting DON MANUEL OSORIO MANRIQUE de ZUNIGA'. Is made of vinyl with dark rooted hair and sleep eyes and lashes. He was hand-painted. It comes with the original certificate of ownership.
Reba and her wisdom for today.
Pleas take a look at cammera critters meme to see some real animals too.