María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Silva y Álvarez de Toledo y Silva-Bazán (1762 - 1802) MP

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Nicknames: "María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo y Silva Bazán", "13th Duchess of Alba"
Birthplace: Seville, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Death: Died in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Cause of death: Tuberculosis
Managed by: Paul Douglas Van Dillen
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About María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Silva y Álvarez de Toledo y Silva-Bazán

Manuel de Godoy

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The painting La maja desnuda by Francisco de Goya, which depicts a fully nude reclining woman, was once in Godoy's personal collection. It is believed by many to portray Cayetana, Duchess of Alba, who was Godoy's mistress.

María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo, 13th Duchess of Alba

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María del Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Alvarez de Toledo y Silva Bazán, 13th Duchess of Alba (10 June 1762 – 23 July 1802 in Sanlúcar la Mayor) was a Spanish aristocrat.

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She was 13th Duchess of Alba, 11th Duchess of Huéscar, 6th Duchess of Montoro, 12th Marchioness of Villanueva del Río, 11th Marchioness of El Carpio, 9th Marchioness of Elche, 13th Countess of Alcaudete, 7th Countess of Morente and 9th Countess-Duchess of Olivares.

The shimmering personality of the duchess and her relationship to Goya are legendary. The artist's move to Sanlúcar la Mayor (the Andalusian country seat of the Duchess of Alba) shortly after the death of the duke in 1796 led to speculations about a love affair between the artist and the widowed duchess. The painting La maja desnuda by Francisco de Goya, which depicts a fully nude reclining woman and once in her lover Manuel de Godoy's personal collection, is believed by many to portray her. In his novel Goya, Lion Feuchtwanger painted the legendary relationship in shimmering colours. A more recent novelization is the Last Portrait of the Duchess of Alba by Antonio Larreta.

The Duchess died somewhat mysteriously in July 1802 at age of 40, ostensibly because of a fever; however, more colourful scenarios are given in the novels. She had no children of her own except for her adopted daughter María de la Luz. She was married to her cousin José María Alvarez de Toledo y Gonzaga, 15th Duke of Medina-Sidonia, 11th Duke of Montalto, 9th Duke of Bivona, 11th Marquess of los Vélez, 11th Marquess of Villafranca del Bierzo and 19th Count of Niebla (June 17, 1756 in Madrid – July 9, 1798 in Sevilla).

References

Fraikin, Jorge Valverde, Titulos Nobiliarios Andaluces, Editorial Andalucia, Granada, 1991, p. 156, 219, 336 and 532

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Cayetana de Silva y Álvarez de Toledo y Silva-Bazán, XIII. duquesa de Alba de Tormes's Timeline

1762
June 10, 1762
Seville, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
1802
July 23, 1802
Age 40
Sanlúcar la Mayor, Seville, Andalusia, Spain
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Madrid, Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain