Francisco de Goya

Sermon of Saint Bernardine of Siena (Predicación de San Bernardino de Siena ) (sketch 3 or oil sketch)

Sermon of Saint Bernardine of Siena (Predicación de San Bernardino de Siena ) (sketch 3 or oil sketch)
Datos Generales
1782 - 1783
Unknown location
140 x 80 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Ficha: realización/revisión
31 Dec 1969 / 22 Nov 2011

Larger in size than the previous studies, Lafuente classifies this piece as a reduced scale replica carried out after the large format work, unlike the previous studies which would have been carried out before the definitive work.

In 1868 it belonged to Francisco Zapater y Gómez, the grand-nephew of Martín Zapater, a good friend of Goya from whom we can presume the painting was inherited. In 1928 it formed part of the Escudero Collection, and subsequently belonged to the Bergua Olivan Collection, both in Zaragoza. Its current location is unknown.

Análisis artístico

Although this is a third sketch, Goya certainly put a great deal of interest and energy into its creation, as his correspondence with Zapater demonstrates. Camón Aznar claims that there is one more study for the definitive painting, smaller than all the others (22 x 17 cm), which he describes as being characterized by an uncontrolled, sketchy technique which gives the piece a surprisingly modern feel.

Goya includes a self portrait in this piece, among the group of figures on the right. The qualities of each figure are well developed. He substituted the christogram which the saint holds in his hand in other sketches with a crucifix which also appears in the final work, a fact which reinforced the theory that this is, in fact, a replica.

  • Goya. Noticias biográficas
    Francisco Zapater Y Gómez
    p. 32
    Institución Fernando el Católico
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 77, 93, cat. 185
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 256, cat. 137
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 97, cat. 123
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. I, pp. 165, 166 y p. 284 (il.)
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
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