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Goya - Equestrian portrait of the Duke of Wellington N070532

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Filename: N070532.jpg

Size: 3849 x 5000 (5.4MB)

Date: 1st May 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Goya - Equestrian portrait of the Duke of Wellington N070532

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " Equestrian portrait of the Duke of Wellington" 1812 by Francisco GOYA (1746-1828). Wellesley

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This striking equestrian portrait captures the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), in the prime of his military career. Painted by the renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828) in 1812, the portrait is a testament to the Duke's victories on the battlefield. The Duke is depicted in full military regalia, wearing the uniform of the British Army's Rifle Brigade, which he had commanded during the Peninsular War. His steed, a powerful and well-trained horse, stands confidently by his side, its ears pricked forward in alertness. The Duke's expression is calm and determined, reflecting his legendary leadership and strategic acumen. Goya's masterful use of light and shadow creates a sense of depth and realism, drawing the viewer into the scene. The intricate details of the Duke's uniform, the horse's muscular form, and the rich textures of the landscape in the background all contribute to the painting's visual complexity. The equestrian portrait of the Duke of Wellington was commissioned by the Duke himself and is now housed at Apsley House in London, the Duke's former residence. It is a fitting tribute to a military leader who played a pivotal role in shaping European history, particularly in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Goya's equestrian portrait of the Duke of Wellington is a masterpiece of Spanish art and a powerful symbol of military prowess and leadership. Its enduring appeal lies in its ability to capture the essence of a great leader and his loyal steed, immortalized in paint for generations to come.

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