Francisco de Goya

Angels of the north-eastern vault (sketch)

Angels of the north-eastern vault (sketch)
Datos Generales
Private collection
38 x 13.6 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
18 Oct 2010 / 25 Nov 2011

It is not known whether this is a sketch Goya made for one of the angels or a small-scale copy of the fresco.

Little is known of its provenance, except that its last known location is he David Weill collection in Paris.

Análisis artístico

This sketch is a clear reflection of the final piece.

It shows one of the female angels located in the north-eastern vault, in the arm of the transept on the gospel side of the church. It shows the figure located on one of the far sides of the vault who is gazing upwards.

The sketch is executed with swift marks to denote the staining of light and shade in the fresco itself.

The setting is a yellow ground executed with violent brushstrokes reminiscent of the curtains in the original painting, decorated with yellow damask and the royal coat of arms.

Above the angel is a sketched putto whose arms are buried in the curtains in the background.

  • Goya. Gemälde Zeichnungen. Graphik. Tapisserien
    Kunsthalle Basel
    from January 23th to April 12th 1953
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 193, cat. 726
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 301, cat. 386
  • San Antonio de la Florida y Goya. La restauración de los frescos
    José Manuel (coordinador) Pita Andrade
    p. 98
    Patrimonio Nacional, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando y Ayuntamiento de Madrid
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