Francisco de Goya

The Last Supper (La Santa Cena) (sketch)

Clasificación
The Last Supper (La Santa Cena) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1796 - 1797
Dimensiones
25 x 42 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Oct 2010 / 25 Nov 2011
Historia

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.

Análisis artístico

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.

Conservación

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.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición de obras de Goya y de objetos que recuerdan las manufacturas artísticas de su época
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1928
    organized 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 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
  • Las pinturas de Goya en el oratorio de la Santa Cueva de Cádiz
    Arte Español
    Joaquín Ezquerra Del Bayo
    pp.388-391
    año XVII Tomo IX n 3
    1928
  • Los Goya de Cádiz
    César Pemán
    1928
    Ayuntamiento de Cádiz
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    p. 282, cat. 535
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 191, cat. 712
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    pp. 297, cat. 365
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    pp. 228-231, 365, cat. 51
    1993
    Museo del Prado
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