- Ca. 1796 - 1797
- Private collection
- 25 x 42 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Private collection
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 20 Oct 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Goya possibly made this sketch in preparation for the definitive work of the same title The Last Supper towards 1796 or 1797.
In 1928 it was part of the collection of Cecilia Balaguer (the widow of Gimeno Balaguer) in Zaragoza. In 1932 it was located in the Kleinberger collection in Paris. The last record of this work is that it was acquired by a private collection on 25 November 1971 having been auctioned by Rheims and Laurin at the Palais Galliera in Paris.
This is a sketch or first draft executed with the same quick, impasto technique used in the sketch for Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Multiplicación de los panes y los peces), albeit with a more limited colour palette.
There are some variations between this and the final painting, such as the figure of Saint John who appears on Christ's right rather than on his left as in the Santa Cueva.
1958: Mr Manuel López Gil restored the three paintings at the request of the Academy of Fine Arts, sponsored by Cádiz City Council.
1997: A collaboration agreement was signed between the Culture Department of the Government of Andalusia, the Caja Madrid Foundation and the World Monuments Fund to restore the canvases located in the Oratory, which were transferred to the Prado Museum in Madrid to this end.
Exposición de obras de Goya y de objetos que recuerdan las manufacturas artísticas de su épocaMuseo de ZaragozaZaragoza1928organized by la Real Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis in collaboration with the Junta del Patronato del Museo Provincial. April 1928
Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1993from 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-Bareaup.365, cat.51
Las pinturas de Goya en el oratorio de la Santa Cueva de CádizArte Españolaño XVII Tomo IX n 3Madrid1928pp.388-391
Los Goya de CádizAyuntamiento de Cádiz1928
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950p. 282, cat. 535
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 191, cat. 712
pp. 297, cat. 365
Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturasMadridMuseo del Prado1993pp. 228-231, 365, cat. 51