important Spanish artists of the time, he is honored as one of the last of the Old Masters and one of the first of the Moderns. His early paintings were optimistic and jolly, as the years passed, his works became very pessimistic. A highly regarded portrait painter, Goya did this portrait of the Marquesa de Pontejos y Sandoval in 1786. She was 24 at the time and the wife of Carlos III's prime minister. With her is her pug dog. The pink carnaiton in her hand was at the time a symbol of love and often pictured in the hands of a bride.

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