November 25, 2013

In the Red

Francisco de Goya and John RawlingsFrancisco 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.

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, c. 1790

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, c. 1790

 

The Little Boy in Red by John Rawlings, Vogue December 1, 1962.

The Little Boy in Red by John Rawlings, Vogue December 1, 1962.

 

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One Comment

  1. JOY

    April 17, 2014 at 6:17 am

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    can l use your photos?

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