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GOYA Maja Naked Nude Clothed 3 Oz Silver Coin 20$ Cook Islands 2010


Francisco de Goya is one of the greatest masters that Spain has ever produced and is considered the “Father of Modern Art”. His works, which are world renown, changed the way artists would interpret the world. Cook Islands issued this special 3 oz Silver coin to honor two of his major composition: La Maya Vestida and La Maya Desnuda.

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Goya was born in the province of Zaragoza. When he was a teenager, he entered the service of a local artist. Later on, he travels to Madrid, where he is greatly influenced by the last of the great Venetian painters. After several failed attempts to enroll in the Royal Academy of San Fernando, Goya travels to Rome. Returning to Spain in the decade of the 1770s, Goya paints frescoes in several churches of his native province. With his wedding, Goya begins his ascension, working under Mengs, he finally enrolls in the royal academy and later on is named the King Charles III’s painter. By 1799, Goya becomes the official Chamber painter of King Charles IV. But by this time he had suffered an illness which left him deaf, and his alienation from the pomposity of the Court began. He produced dark works at this time. Together with the critiques to his works, Goya undergoes a time of wild imagination, in which sordid images of a surreal world begin to appear. Unable to present his works to his old clientele, he is forced, under the threat of the Inquisition, to withdraw his works. Meanwhile he continued with his services as crown painter; and by 1800, he creates La Família de Carlos IV (The Family of Charles IV).
By this time political and social upheaval connected with the Napoleonic kidnap of the Spanish crown and the invasion of Spain, Goya produced 2 de Mayo de 1808 (2nd of May of 1808), and other pieces in which the artist epitomizes the suffering and the realism of the time to a height not seen before. Ferdinand VII, King of Spain, reinstitutes Goya as the Chamber painter after the war, but by this time the artist’s convictions lead him to witness the vanity of court life. This begins his period known as the black paintings.
A decade later, after having witnessed the excesses and the attempt to enforce an absolutist regime by Ferdinand VII, Goya decides to leave Spain to settle in Southern France where he will die. Because of the richness of works from Goya, one can witness how his attitude towards life and the world evolves and changes, as the socio-political events surrounding him shift. His works hardly stylized the Classical from prevalent of this time, but tended to be more of a romantic nature. In his old age, Goya becomes an embittered and disillusioned person towards society and its false pretenses.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2010
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)93.3 (3 oz)
  • Size (mm)40 x 80
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)999
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This coin shows the oil on canvas "La Maja desnuda", known in English as The Naked Maja or Nude Maya, painted by Goya in 1800. It portrays a nude woman reclining on a bed of pillows, the coin presents a inlay which contains the image of the Clothed Maja. This inlay fits exactly into the space of the coin making it look like the other image is on the coin. The paintings represented has been in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.