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Among the paintings by Goya the diptych “Makha Dressed” and “Makha Naked” is covered with the greatest mystery. Legend has it that the paintings depict the same woman, the artist’s mistress, the Duchess of Alba.
However, all her descendants object to this version. They even proposed to open the family crypt in order to measure the proportions of the late duchess and to prove that they did not coincide with the proportions of the model. The crypt, however, was already opened by Napoleon's soldiers, who did not treat the remains with great respect, and many bones were broken, so the tradition still lives among the people and was not refuted by anything.
"Maha nude" repeats many times "Makha dressed." The same sofa, the same soft pillows, the same pose - hands are thrown behind the head, legs are stretched out relaxed - only the writing style is different. “Makha dressed” is written more strictly, the colors of the picture are sharper and sharper. The model is looking cheerfully, her waist is crossed out with a pink belt, white trousers are perfect for golden shoes. "Naked Mach" is written softer.
Colors become more muffled, transitions are smoother, there is no obsessive brightness of clothes - the body on white sheets seems light, with a slight tint in bronze. Quietly showing herself, a woman looks at the camera also cheerfully, only now in her gaze you can see a certain guile. She looks tender, alluring and the whole atmosphere of the picture is full of sensuality and love. It is impossible to write an unfamiliar sitter like this - the brush as if repeats the movement of the hand, moving along the smooth bends of the body, gliding easily and freely.
One of those who kept the paintings before placing them in the museum, “Makha dressed” closed “Makha naked” so that when you press a special lever, they swap places.
One can imagine how such a sudden change of atmosphere acted on the viewer.
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