- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 40.2 x 23.1 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 25 Jan 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
This is the sketch for the painting The Arrest of Christ located in the sacristy of Toledo Cathedral.
In 1867 this work formed part of the collection of Mr Luis Rotondo in Madrid, later passing to the Counts of Sobradiel. It was inherited by Mrs Rosa Cavero and was acquired by the Prado Museum in 1966.
This sketch seems to be a preliminary idea, and it is probable that a more finished, definitive sketch existed, given that this is such a simple composition. Despite this, the sketch records Goya's intention to emphasise lighting in this canvas, and the importance he gives to illuminating the figure of Christ, leaving the other figures in semi-darkness.
The execution is frenetic, based on bold, impulsive brushstrokes which give it a very dynamic aspect. There are no great differences in the composition, and the final painting even retains the empty space left above the heads of the men in this sketch. The main difference between this first idea and the definitive work lies in the colours, which are much more vivid here, in particular the yellow highlight on the figure on the right.
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Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1988from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayrecat. 29
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