Francisco de Goya

Procession of the Holy Office (Paseo del Santo Oficio)

Clasificación
Procession of the Holy Office (Paseo del Santo Oficio)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1820 - 1823
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
127 x 266 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil painting on plaster transferred to canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
28 Oct 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(P00755)
Historia

SeeLeocadia.

Análisis artístico

This painting was located on the first floor of the house known as the Quinta del Sordo on the long right-hand wall next to Asmodeus (Asmodea). The figures depicted were superimposed on the landscape.

Of the group of figures in the foreground on the right, there is a one that stands out from the rest, dressed in black in the fashion of the 17th-century. This man has been identified as an inquisitor, dressed in golilla collar, necklace and a sword, and carrying a roll of paper in his hand. In this case, the figure next to him could be a friar. The rest of the group are old women whose clothing is reminiscent of the old celestinas or procuresses portrayed by the artist in other works. In line with this theory, the group behind these figures would be the credulous and ignorant people who attended a pilgrimage in order to take the miraculous holy waters from the Well of San Isidro, encouraged by the Holy Office (Inquisition).

The artistic rendering of the vegetation and background in the distance is interesting, and typical of Goya's landscapes. Once again, the artist has used contrasts of light and shade: the corner where the main characters are found is in almost complete darkness while the opposite corner is full of light.

 

Exposiciones
  • Pinturas Negras en la Exposición Universal de París
    Palacio del Trocadero
    París
    1878
    from may 20th to November 10th 1878
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
Bibliografía
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 327-329, cat. 1619
  • vol. I, p.380, cat. 713
  • Priscilla E. Muller
    Goya's Black Paintings: Truth and Reason in Light and Liberty
    New YorkHispanic Society of America
    1984
    p.115-122
  • Jesús María González De Zárate
    Goya, de lo Bello a lo Sublime
    Instituto de Estudios Iconográficos
    1990
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1996
    p.429
  • Valeriano Bozal
    Las pinturas negras de Goya, Alcobendas
    T.F. Editores
    1997
    p. 83-84
  • Paulina Junquera
    Las Pinturas Negras de Goya
    LondonScala Publishers Ltd.
    2003
    p.74
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