- Ca. 1796 - 1799
- Private collection
- 190 x 115 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- Private collection
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 25 Jan 2010 / 24 Aug 2022
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.
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.
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. LXXXIV
GoyaMusée Jacquemart-AndréParís1961consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962cat. 23
Goya en las colecciones madrileñasMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1983consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983cat. 26
Goya nelle collezioni private di SpagneVilla FavoritaLugano1986consultant editor Marta Medina. From June 15th to October 15th 1986cat. 22
GoyaLa Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo GargalloZaragoza1992consultant editor Julián Gállegocat. 25
Goya en las colecciones españolasSala de Exposiciones del BBVAMadrid1995consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From December 14th 1995 to February 17th 1996cat. 21
Goya: Prophet der ModerneAlte NationalgalerieBerlin2005from July 13th to October 3th 2005. Exhibitied also at the Kunsthistorischemuseum, Vienna, October 18th 2005 to January 8th 2006, consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marquéscat. 55
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 191, cat. 714
vol. I, p. 264, cat. 178
L’opera pittorica completa di GoyaMilanRizzoli1974p. 110, cat. 323
Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja1980-1982vol. III, p. 31
GoyaZaragozaElecta1992pp. 76-78 (il.), cat. 24