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The Nude Maja

Medium: 
Painting
Year: 
1797–1800
Art Period: 
Rococo
Dimensions: 
97 cm x 190 cm (38.18 in x 74.8 in)

The Nude Maja (Spanish: La Maja Desnuda) is a name given to a c. 1797-1800 oil on canvas painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. It portrays a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows, and was probably commissioned by Manuel de Godoy, to hang in his private collection in a separate cabinet reserved for nude paintings. Goya created a pendant of the same woman identically posed, but clothed, known today as La maja vestida (The Clothed Maja); also in the Prado, it is usually hung next to La maja desnuda. The subject is identified as a maja based on her costume in La maja vestida.

Francisco Goya
Artwork Location 

Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado

The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered to be among the greatest museums of art.