Francisco de Goya

Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (La multiplicación de los panes y los peces) (sketch)

Clasificación
Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (La multiplicación de los panes y los peces) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1796 - 1797
Ubicación
Unknown Collection
Dimensiones
22.4 x 38.7 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Oct 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Historia

Goya possibly made this sketch in preparation for the definitive work of the same title, Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, around 1796 or 1797. It is known that this piece belonged to the Iruretagoyena collection in Seville and the Jimeno y Fernández Vizarra collection in Madrid.

The last known record of this painting is that it was sold at the Lempertz auction house in Cologne on 27 to 28 November 1935 (lot no. 146). The current location of this work is unknown.

Análisis artístico

This sketch or first draft was executed with a rapid, impasto technique and violent brushstrokes.

It is much more compact and symmetrical than the final piece, with a greater number of large figures placed in the foreground. Likewise, the landscape in the background is simpler in this version.

In general this sketch is more muddled than the final painting, in which the figure of Christ has undergone a number of changes to ensure he stands out among the other characters.

Exposiciones
  • 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
Bibliografía
  • Joaquín Ezquerra Del Bayo
    Las pinturas de Goya en el oratorio de la Santa Cueva de Cádiz
    Arte Españolaño XVII Tomo IX n 3
    Madrid
    1928
    pp.388-391
  • César Pemán
    Los Goya de Cádiz
    Ayuntamiento de Cádiz
    1928
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    p. 282, cat. 534
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 191, cat. 710
  • pp. 297, cat. 363
  • Federico Torralba Soriano
    Goya en la Santa Cueva. Cádiz
    ZaragozaBanco Zaragozano
    1983
    pp. 228-231, 365, cat. 52
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