- 1786 - 1787
- Private collection
- 169 x 137 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- Private collection
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 27 May 2010 / 26 Aug 2022
See The Greasy Pole.
This work was purchased from the Duke and Duchess of Osuna, at the auction of 1896, by the Marchioness of Villamejor. It was inherited by her son, the Count of Romanones. It changed owners again in 1950.
This painting originally cost the Duke and Duchess of Osuna 2,500 reales.
For the analysis of the whole series, see The Greasy Pole.
Goya described this painting as: "4.... a village procession, the main or foreground figures of which are the Priest, Mayor, Alderman, Bagpiper, etc. and retinue, with its corresponding landscape". This was the first time that Goya had addressed the topic of processions. He was to return to them a couple more times later on in the works A Procession of Flagellants and Flagellants next to an Arch, although on those occasions he was to accentuate, almost to the point of satire, the picturesque character of the spectacles and their ecstatic participants. Here we see no such evident critique. The procession is led, just as Goya wrote in his description of the work, by the village's priest and mayor, that is to say the two local authorities who needed to be present in this procession which, rather than an act of faith, was a social commitment in the Spain of the time.
The composition is dominated by the chapel from which the procession is emerging, its volume kept in balance by the presence of the castle ruins on the right-hand side. Of particular interest are the harmonious colours of the image, featuring chiefly green and ochre tones.
Exposición y venta de los cuadros, esculturas, grabados y otros objetos artísticos de la Casa DucaPalacio de la Industria y de las ArtesMadrid18961896cat. 68
Pinturas de GoyaMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1928consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From April to May 1928cat. 65
GoyaFestival Internacional de Granada, Palacio de Carlos VGranada1955consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferraricat. 96
Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidadorganized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen RetiroMadrid1961consultant editor Valentín de Sambriciocat. LXIV
Goya en las colecciones madrileñasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1983consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983cat. 17
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1988from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayrecat. 12
Goya. Composiciones y figuras, t.IIMadridBlass1917pp. 62-63
L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 volsParís1928-1950vol. I, p. 200, cat. 161
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970pp. 79, 96, cat. 253
vol. I, p. 271, cat. 239
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 101, cat. 191
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. II, p. 47 y p. 164 (il.)
Goya en las colecciones madrileñasMadridAmigos del Museo del Prado1983p. 146, cat. 17 y p. 147 (il.)
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMadridMuseo del Prado1988p. 160, cat. 12 y p. 161 (il.)