c.1795. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note.
Francisco Bayeu (1734-1795) Spanish artist, he came from Aragon, as did Goya. He was summoned by Mengs in 1763 to help with the decoration of the new Palacio Real. Soon he was the leader of the young Spanish painting school of the second half of the 18th century. Prior to his departure to Italy, Goya was Bayeu’s pupil and he married his sister Josefa Bayeu upon his return; this introduced him into the powerful family league of the Bayeu, which included – under the leadership of Francisco – Ramon, Goya’s competitor in the manufacture of tapestries and of the same age as he, and Fray Manuel, a painter as well