Francisco de Goya

Adoration of the cross (Adoración de la Cruz)

Adoration of the cross (Adoración de la Cruz)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1772 - 1773
Private collection, Barcelona, Spain
131 x 90 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
10 Jun 2010 / 24 Aug 2022

Recorded by Gudiol as an original Goya, he dated the work as being from the artist's Zaragoza period. According to the historian, the painting came from a town close to Fuendetodos, and subsequently featured in the Paraíso collection in Zaragoza before later entering into the possession of Guidol himself.

Análisis artístico

The image depicts a group of figures kneeling before the Sacred Cross. A host of angels flies above them. The canvas is semi-circular in shape.

Guidol highlighted the "original chromatic spectrum" of the paintwork and the "abrupt technique" employed, which gives the impression that the artist was working on an urgent commission. It has been suggested that the work was intended as a devotional piece for a private oratory in Fuendetodos, or for the parish church of that town, where Goya had painted the reliquary. Equally, others have proposed the theory that this work was a commission intended to decorate the Church of Santa Cruz in Zaragoza.

The clumsy union of canvas and frame on the left-hand side of the composition is striking: due to the canvas being too short, the artist had to paint directly onto the wood, which even affects the head of one of the worshippers.

  • La memoria de Goya
    Museo de Zaragoza
    organized by Fundación Goya en Aragón, consultant editor Juan Carlos Lozano López. From February 7th to April 6th 2008
  • vol. I, p. 240, cat. 37
  • BELTRÁN, Antonio
    Goya en Zaragoza
    ZaragozaAyuntamiento de Zaragoza
    p. 155
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 137, cat. 700
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. I, p. 62 y p. 243 (il.)
  • LOZANO LÓPEZ, Juan Carlos (comisario)
    La memoria de Goya (1828 – 1978)
    ZaragozaGobierno de Aragón, Dpto. de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
    p. 375, cat. 117
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