In Goya's "Majas on the Balcony", what are the differences between the versions?

What is the story behind each? What are the similarities and what are the differences?

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    Information and contradictory opinions have surrounded the majas, two of the most famous Goya's works. They were probably painted for Godoy, Primer Minister of King Charles IV, towards the end of the 18th. century or beginning of the 19th.

    The clothed maja is for the first time mentioned in the diary of an engraver and academician who paid a visit to Godoy's palace in 1800; as no mention to the nude is made, it is supposed that Goya painted it later on.

    The second documentary reference, under the title of Gypsies, is found in the inventory of Godoy's estate made in January 1808 by the painter Fréderic Quilliet, Joseph Bonaparte's agent. In a later inventory (1813) they are described as: "Venus reclining on a bed and a clothed maja".

    Together with other Godoy's properties, they were seized in 1808 by order of Ferdinand VI, and in 1813, the Inquisition confiscated both paintings as "obscene works". They were confined in San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts for many years and finally entered the Prado in September 1901.

    The legend surrounding both paintings connected them with the Duchess of Alba, as a consequence of the probable loving affair between the painter and the noble lady, but most researchers have rejected this supposition. In both cases, the head does not correspond to the body and the opinion was extended that the face had been painted later on.

    The nude maja, showing a smooth, polished handling with refined grey tonalities, appears reclining on a white sheet that is partially covering a greenish-blue ottoman, against a brown background. The freer handling of the clothed maja, with bold strokes and warm colouring, is evident in the white dress wreathed by a pink sash, the black raised embroidered yellow bolero and the golden sharp shoes.

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