Francisco de Goya

The Arrest of Christ (El prendimiento) (sketch)

Clasificación
The Arrest of Christ (El prendimiento) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1798
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
40.2 x 23.1 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Jan 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(P03113)
Historia

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.

Análisis artístico

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.

Exposiciones
  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    1970
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from 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. Sayre
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
Bibliografía
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 147 (il.), 165, 194, cat. 737
  • vol. I, p. 304l, cat. 397
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    p. 113, cat. 362
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. II, p. 66 y p. 117 (il.)
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria) and PÉREZ SÁNCHEZ, Alfonso E. y SAYRE, Eleanor A. (directores)
    Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1988
    p. 190, cat. 29
  • WILSON-BAREU, Juliet
    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1993
    pp. 238-240, 366, cat. 55 y p. 239 (il.)
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1996
    p. 375, cat. 97 y p. 181 (il.)
  • MENA, Manuela B. (comisaria)
    Goya en tiempos de guerra
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2008
    pp. 164-165, cat. 19 y p. 166 (il.)
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