c.1786. Oil on canvas, 211 x 126 cm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. More.
Doña María Ana de Pontejos y Sandoval
, the Marquesa de Pontejos
, is holding a pink carnation, an emblem of love and brides. In 1786, at age twenty-four, she married the brother of the Count of Floridablanca
, Charles III's progressive Prime Minister. At that time, her husband served as Spain's ambassador to Portugal. See: Francisco de Goya. The Marquesa de Pontejos.