Francisco de Goya.
Don Antonio Noriega.
1801. Oil on canvas, 102.6 x 80.9 cm. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Don Antonio Noriega Bermúdez
, Spanish official, the General Treasurer under Charles IV. Don Antonio was knighted on 23 July 1801, and Goya's portrait may commemorate that event: the blue and white ribbon of the Order of Charles III appears prominently on his jacket. His administration was disastrously inefficient, nearly doubling the national debt. While fleeing from the Napoleonic invaders in 1808, Don Antonio was assassinated by Spaniards who, mistakenly, thought he had collaborated with the French army. See: Francisco de Goya. Don Antonio Noriega.