Francisco de Goya

Worshipers at the Foot of a Cross (Devotos a los pies de una cruz)

Clasificación
Worshipers at the Foot of a Cross (Devotos a los pies de una cruz)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1772 - 1773
Ubicación
Private collection, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Dimensiones
131 x 90 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
10 Jun 2010 / 22 Nov 2011
Historia

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.

Exposiciones
  • La memoria de Goya
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by Fundación Goya en Aragón, consultant editor Juan Carlos Lozano López. From February 7th to April 6th 2008
Bibliografía
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 240, cat. 37
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya en Zaragoza
    Antonio Beltrán
    p. 155
    1971
    Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza (Talleres gráficos de Octavio y Félez)
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 137, cat. 700
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, p. 62 y p. 243 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • La memoria de Goya (1828 – 1978)
    Juan Carlos (comisario) Lozano López
    p. 375, cat. 117
    2008
    Gobierno de Aragón, Dpto. de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
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