Francisco de Goya

The Chapel of San Isidro on his Feast Day (La ermita de San Isidro el día de la fiesta) (sketch)

The Chapel of San Isidro on his Feast Day (La ermita de San Isidro el día de la fiesta) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1788
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
41.8 x 43.8 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
17 Dec 2009 / 27 Jun 2016
Inventario
63 (P02783)
Historia

The tapestry cartoon for which this sketch was made was never in fact painted. It formed part of the series that would have decorated the bedroom of the Infantas, a commission that Goya received towards the end of 1787 (see Blind Man's Buff).

The sketch was acquired from the artist by the Duke and Duchess of Osuna in 1798 and it remained in the cabinet that the Duchess had in La Alameda until it was sold at the time of the bankruptcy of the ducal household in 1896. It was bought for the sum of 3,500 pesetas by Pedro Fernández Durán, who left it to the Prado Museum in 1930. It entered the museum's collection on 2 September 1931.

Análisis artístico

The tapestry cartoon that was to have been made from this sketch was never carried out, as occurred with three out of the four sketches in the series meant to adorn the bedroom of the Infantas in the palace of El Pardo. The death of Charles III in December 1788 interrupted the work on the décor of this palace, which the family stopped using soon afterwards.

Because of its subject matter, this work is paired with another sketch for a tapestry cartoon, The Meadow of San Isidro. Both of these paintings represent a very specific place in Madrid at a very particular moment: the festivities in honour of the patron saint of the city, in which people of all classes took part, from majos right through to petimetres, all wanting their share of the miraculous water. According to the legend, the saint had brought forth a spring here and on the very spot a shrine was built in the 16th century, later replaced in the 18th century by the chapel that Goya immortalizes here. It is this building that provides the work's pronounced pyramid-shaped composition.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición y venta de los cuadros, esculturas, grabados y otros objetos artísticos de la Casa Duca
    Palacio de la Industria y de las Artes
    Madrid
    1896
    1896
  • De El Greco a Goya
    Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Mexico D.F.
    1978
    November-December 1978
  • El arte europeo en la corte de España durante el siglo XVIII
    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    Bordeaux
    1979
    Exhibitied also at Grand Palais, París y Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
  • Madrid pintado. La imagen de Madrid a través de la pintura
    Museo Municipal de Madrid
    Madrid
    1992
  • 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
Bibliografía
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 206, cat. 168
    1928-1950
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    pp. 156, 266, cat. 54 y láms. 170-171
    1946
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 79, 98, cat. 273
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 275, cat. 253
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 102, cat. 232
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 155, 157, 178, 182, cat. 59B; p. 177
    1987
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
  • Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    Janis A. Tomlinson
    pp. 234, 235 y p. 234 (il.)
    1987
    Cátedra
    Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    pp. 172, 178, 356, cat. 25 y p. 175 (il.
    1993
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    p. 327, cat. 48 y pp. 128, 129 (ils.)
    1996
    Museo del Prado
  • Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredes
    in HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)
    José Luis Sancho
    p. 172 (il.)
    1996
    Patrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
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