Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1796 - 1799
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
190 x 115 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
25 Jan 2010 / 22 Jun 2017
Historia

We know nothing about the circumstances which surround the commissioning of this series of four painting depicting the Fathers of the Church, which today are found in different locations (see Saint Ambrose).

The painting depicting Saint Augustine belonged to the collection of Lucas Moreno in Paris, and was later acquired by Eugenio del Bayo, Bilbao and was subsequently inherited by its current owner.

Análisis artístico

Saint Augustine is depicted sitting down, wearing a bishop's miter and clothed in a warm-coloured cope. These colours create a strong contrast with the dark background. The saint is shown in prayer, looking heavenwards with an open hand, while with the other he writes in his book. The execution of his beard and the enraptured quality of his gaze are particularly noteworthy.

For a full history of this series of four paintings, see Saint Ambrose.

Exposiciones
  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    Madrid
    1961
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    Paris
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya nelle collezioni private di Spagne
    Villa Favorita
    Lugano
    1986
    consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
  • Goya en las colecciones españolas
    Sala de Exposiciones del BBVA
    Madrid
    1995
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From December 14th 1995 to February 17th 1996
  • Goya: Prophet der Moderne
    Alte Nationalgalerie
    Berlin
    2005
    from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 191, cat. 714
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 264, cat. 178
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 110, cat. 323
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. III, p. 31
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya
    Julián Gállego
    pp. 76-78 (il.), cat. 24
    1992
    Electa
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