Bearded Woman With Child. "This Woman Was Painted in Naples by Jusepe Ribera, called lo Spagnoletto, about the year 1640" (Esta Muger fue retratada en Napoles por José Ribera o el Españoleto, por los años de 1640) Album E (Black Border Album), number i

Bearded Woman Holding a Child (Drawing from Journal-Album E, ) (Esta Muger fue retratada en Napoles por José Ribera ó el Españoleto, por los años de 1640 (This woman was painted in Naples by José Ribera, or lo Spagnoletto, about 1640) [Magdalena Ventura]

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828), Based on Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish (active in Italy), 1591–1652)

Catalogue Raisonné

Gassier & Wilson 1395; Gassier I, 123 as E-22


Sheet: 25.8 x 18 cm (10 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brush and carbon black ink with wash and scraping on discolored blued [smalt] white laid paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Lower center within border in graphite reinforced with black crayon: Esta Muger fue retratada en Napoles por José Ribera o el Españoleto, por los años de 1640; upper center in brown ink [residual]: [indecipherable number]


Fragment [NIG] of HONIG & ZOONEN (reprod. Gassier I, p. 167);
Verso, upper left corner: blue stamp of German customs, probably Stuttgart station.


1828, by inheritance from the artist to his son, Javier Goya y Bayeu (b. 1784–d. 1854), Madrid; 1854, to his son, Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (b. 1806–d. 1874), Madrid; about 1855–60, sold by Mariano Goya to Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz (b. 1815–d. 1894), Madrid, and/or his brother-in-law, Román Garreta y Huerta; April 3, 1877, Madrazo (under the name of Paul Lebas) sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 105, sold for fr. 20 to Eugène Féral for Victor Hugo (b. 1802–d. 1885), Paris [see note 1]. After 1924, Simon Meller (dealer; b. 1875–d. 1949), Budapest, Munich, and Paris. Franz Koenigs (b. 1881–d. 1941), Haarlem [see note 2]; June 29, 1960, anonymous (“property of a lady,” probably Koenigs) sale, Sotheby’s, London, lot 19, sold for £1400 to “Put,” i.e., Richard H. Zinser (dealer, b. about 1883–d. 1983), Forest Hills, NY; 1962, sold by Zinser to Philip and Frances Hofer, Cambridge, MA [see note 3]; 1973, gift of Philip and Frances Hofer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1973)

[1] On the early history of Goya's albums, see Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Goya Drawings from His Private Albums (London: Hayward Gallery, 2001), 24-25, and on the provenance of this drawing, pp. 188-189, cat. 72.

[2] According to the Sotheby's catalogue. Although this drawing was consigned anonymously, Sotheby's, London sold a number of other works of art from the Koenigs collection around 1958/1960.

[3] As recorded on an old mat for the drawing.

Credit Line

Gift of Frances and Philip Hofer in honor of Eleanor A. Sayre