Goya completed this portrait of his longtime friend, Martín Zapater (1746-1803), in 1790. The two probably met during Goya's studies in Zaragoza and kept in touch via an active correspondence that spanded over twenty-five years. Zapater became a notable tradesman working for the nobility and sat for a second portrait also done by Goya in 1797 (Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain). In the Ponce picture, Zapater wears a blue silk coat and holds a letter appropiately signed and dated by Goya, an homage to their enduring friendship preserved in over 140 letters.


  • Title: Portrait of Martín Zapater
  • Creator: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Date Created: 1790
  • Location Created: Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: 32 3/4 × 25 5/8 in. (83.2 × 65.1 cm)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc. Acquired with funds from the following donors: Fundación Fonalledas, Fundación Ángel Ramos, and the Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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