a favorite post this month has been the goya to goya to goya posting in the sidebar at top right- on the day the current 18th Duchess of Alba was married- and for several days after- this post was viewed over 13,000 times.
the 18th and current Duchess of Alba
Goya's Mourning Portrait of the 13th Duchess of Alba, 1797.
The Duchess's husband the Duke of Medina-Sidonia died in 1796
The Hispanic Society of America's Main Court where the painting hangs.
Goya's The Duchess of Alba in White, 1795
María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Álvarez de Toledo was born in 1762, married in 1776, and died in 1802 at the age of 40. The relationship between Goya the painter & his sitter was a close one. Goya painted several well known portraits of the Duchess during his stay at Sanlúcar de Barrameda, an Andalusian country seat of the House of Medina-Sidonia, shortly after the death of the Duke.
The Liria Palace
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva was born in the Liria Palace in Madrid. The palace houses Francisco de Goya's full-length portrait of Cayetana's ancestor, The Duchess of Alba. A dazzling beauty in her youth, possessor of 44 noble titles and 150 hereditary ones, today's duchess is renowned for her forthright character, forged during a high-rolling spell in England in the Second World War where her father, the 17th Duke, was Spanish ambassador in London. In 1947 She married Luis Martínez de Irujo y Artacoz, son of the Dukes of Sotomayor, in "the most expensive wedding in the world." from the Independent here
in the 1960's with her sons
After her husband's death in 1972, the duchess married former Jesuit priest Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate, in 1978.
pretty in pink,
in celebration of her third marriage, a Vanity Fair cover
this month of October 2011 to Alfonso Díez Carabantes.
& the bride wore
Victorio & Lucchino
Victorio & Lucchino
to abiding youth!
& what did the guests at the wedding feast on? see Lindaraxa for that! here
other little augury posts about the Duchess of Alba here