In the Red
Francisco de Goya’s peculiar portrait of Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga depicts childhood innocence while also suggesting youth’s inevitably fleeting nature. Resplendent in a crimson suit and satin sash, Manuel stands at odds with his surroundings as three eager cats eye a magpie–the leashed pet of the young boy. Despite the painting’s somber symbolism, it would inspire a 1962 photograph by John Rawlings for a holiday-themed editorial in Vogue’s December 1, 1962 issue. Rawlings would photograph a young boy dressed in a contemporary version of the 18th-century jumper by Florence Schulman standing afront the original Goya painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.