So by this point, I’m sure about half the people on Tumblr have seen this photo and this post about Juana Galán. Far fewer people have seen this post about how the portrait is a fake.
As the second link explains, the body is taken from Goya’s portrait of Isabel Lobo Velasco de Porcel, though the hands and stick are manipulated. The face, however, was unknown. But when I was on vacation in London, I popped into the Victoria and Albert, and happened upon it. It was probably very weird for the people around me when I started squealing, “It’s the face! I found the face!” Though the face is mirrored, it is definitely from Charles Robert Leslie’s painting of Dulcinea del Toboso (1839), a character from Don Quixote.
What I want to know is, why is Juana Galán’s portrait not Juana Galán at all?