Judith H. Dobrzynski writes from Dallas, January 6, 2014–‘See that green on his face? See how he uses his finger there?” Mark A. Roglán, the director of the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University here, is bubbling with enthusiasm for his latest acquisition. It’s a tender portrait of a youth painted by Francisco Goya just months before the artist died. Mr. Roglán is so overjoyed that he has placed the work in the middle of the museum’s central gallery, rather than against a wall, so viewers can read the affectionate dedication scrawled across the back: “Goya to his grandson in 1827 in his 81st year.”
Oddly, “Portrait of Mariano Goya, the Artist’s Grandson” failed to sell at Sotheby’s in January 2013. Expected to fetch $6 million to $8 million, it had come from the estate of the renowned collector George Embiricos, a Greek shipping magnate who also owned the Cézanne “Card Players” that was reportedly sold privately in 2012 to the Qatari royal family for $250 million. The Goya was fresh to the market, not exhibited publicly since 1970, which should have enhanced desirability.
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