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The Vicarage

  • The Vicarage. Barcelona © MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia

    The Vicarage. Barcelona © MNAC – National Art Museum of Catalonia






Original title

La vicaría
National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)
Barcelona, Catalonia

This is undoubtedly one of the best examples of the Fortuny’s preciosista style (Spanish Baroque-like or cultural style movement preceding French Classicism) in which his prodigious technical ability is evident.

Mariano Fortuny was one of the most important Spanish artists of his day. Indeed, he achieved international prestige in his lifetime. He was particularly famous for his preciosista style - the so-called pintura de casacón style (miniature paintings of romantic scenes) – executed with a prodigious technique, proper to that of a virtuoso, which represented themes set in the 18th century. The Vicarage depicts the signing of a wedding contract, in which elements are included that reflect how widely-read the painter was, not to mention his fascination with and admiration of Goya. The Vicarage was a great success in Paris, where Fortuny became one of the most sought out artists by the American collectors of the time.

Details of the work


60 cm x 93.5 cm

Oil on wood


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