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Rosario Weiss

Rosario Weiss

 

Rosario was born  in 1814, two years after the death of Goya’s wife. At the time of her birth, her mother, Leocadia Zorillo Weiss was separated from her husband Isideo Weiss and living with Goya. So, even though she is named “Weiss,” it is unlikely her father was Isideo.  There is compelling evidence she was Goya’s daughter. Her mother Leocadia Zorrillo Weiss lived with Goya from 1812 on. She even moved with him to Provence in  1824 where she remained until Goya died in 1828. When Rosario was around 12-13 years old, Goya wrote a friend in Paris asking him to teach Rosario how to be a great painter. In that letter, he told his friend to “treat Rosario as though she was my own daughter.”

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