"After a timeless minute or two my sprawling maja drew in her leg"
La maja desnuda
Public DomainLa maja desnuda - Credit: Francisco Goya

  La maja desnuda, or Naked Maja, is a painting by Francisco Goya (1746–1828). It hangs in the Prado in Madrid.  Next to it is the clothed version, La maja vestida

The paintings were originally hung one in front of the other, with the more decent picture on a pulley system allowing it to be raised to expose its naughtier pair.

Maja in Spanish refers to a woman from the lower classes of Madrid society.


La maja vestida
Public DomainLa maja vestida - Credit: Francisco Goya







The paintings play a central role in Jostein Gaarder's novel, Maya.