- Ca. 1797
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 305 x 207 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine and red lavis on thick laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 18 Aug 2021 / 28 Apr 2023
- Inv. D4338v
[Stamp of the Museo del Prado] (Purple ink stamp, recto, lower right corner)
Watermark: [Large shield with helmet and letters "[H] C W" inside].
The piece is one of a series of drawings which, from their form and content, were undoubtedly made by Goya in preparation for the Capriches.
The drawing passed by inheritance in 1828 to Javier Goya, the painter's son, and in 1854 to Mariano Goya y Goicoechea, the artist's grandson. It was subsequently owned by Valentín Carderera (ca. 1861) and Mariano Carderera (ca. 1880). In 1886 it was acquired from Mariano Carderera by the General Direction of Public Instruction and was assigned to the Prado Museum, where it entered on 12 November 1886.
On the same sheet of paper there are two drawings. This one is on the reverse, while the recto is occupied by The Truth Rescued by Time.
The present drawing shows just a few lines suggesting the nude body of a woman seen from the front with her right arm across her chest. This seems too be Goya´s first sketch of the figure of Truth, which we find in the drawing on the front of the sheet, a figure that repeats the same posture of the arm with the aim of clinging to her flying companion, Time, although the body in this sketch is more upright.
The link between this sketch and the compositions of Truth, Time and History (sketch and final work) to which the drawing on the recto is linked is not established directly but through the drawing on the verso.
Goyas Spanien, Tiden och HistorienNationalmuseumStockholm1980
Goya. Das Zeitalter der Revolucionen. Kunst um 1800 (1980 – 1981)Hamburger KunsthalleHamburg1980cat. 102a
Goya y la Constitución de 1812Museo Municipal de MadridMadrid1982organized by Madrid Town Hall, consultant editor José Manuel Pita Andrade. From December 1982 to January 1983cat. 6
El cuaderno italiano (1770-1786). Los orígenes del arteMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1994exhibited also at Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijón, Summer 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Jesús Urrea Fernández. From March 2nd to April 30th 1994
Los dibujos de Goya, 2 vols.MadridAmigos del Museo del Prado1954Vol. II, cat. 452
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 164, 187, cat. 643
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975p. 45, cat. 17
Goya, Das Zeitalter de Revolutionen. 1789-1830HamburgPrestel-Verlag Münche und Hamburger Kunsthalle1980p. 150-151
ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982p. 114
MadridAyuntamiento de Madrid1982pp. 94-95
StockholmNationalmuseum Stockholm2001pp. 54-59, cat. 6