Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1771 - 1773
Ubicación
Museum of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain
Dimensiones
37 x 30 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil mural painting transferred to canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Attributed work
Titular
Government of Aragon
Ficha: realización/revisión
07 Oct 2010 / 28 Jul 2017
Inventario
391 (51360)
Historia

Some time before 1926, the painting was lifted from the wall and transferred to canvas on the orders of Joaquín Cavero Sichar, Count of Gabarda. After his death, the Countess deposited the painting in the Provincial Museum of Zaragoza in 1929. The following year it was acquired by the Cuban Carlos Francisco Javier del Valle Grao, who removed the paintings deposited in the museum in 1932 and took them with him to La Habana in Cuba. The work then passed to the Marchioness of Rivas, who left it in her will to her son, José María Olabaria de Martínez de las Rivas. From there it passed on to another collection in Bilbao in 1973 before finally being acquired by the Government of Aragón in 1997.

For further information see The Dream of Saint Joseph.

Análisis artístico

According to a written description by Ricardo del Arco (1915), this composition was located at one of the far ends of the front wall of the oratory.

This saint was included in the iconographic programme for the oratory because his name corresponds with the second name of the Count of Sobradiel, who very probably owed the title to the proximity of his palace to the church of the Theatine Fathers devoted to Saint Cajetan.

The saint is represented in his old age, kneeling in an act of veneration with his body leaning forward and his right hand raised. He is shown in a three-quarters pose facing the viewer's left. The figure is depicted in a particularly dark and disquieting setting which is accentuated by the dark hues of his habit, lightened only by the flesh tones of his face and hands.

As in the case of the other three small format paintings, this work is characterized by energetic, sketchy brushstrokes which are somewhat careless but extremely expressive and lend the figures an impressive sense of volume through the use of light and colour.

For further information see The Dream of Saint Joseph.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición de obras de Goya y de objetos que recuerdan las manufacturas artísticas de su época
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1928
    organized by la Real Academia de Nobles y Bellas Artes de San Luis in collaboration with the Junta del Patronato del Museo Provincial. April 1928
  • Goya y el Palacio de Sobradiel
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2006
    organized by Gobierno de Aragón at the Museo de Zaragoza, consultant editor Juan Carlos Lozano López. From December 15th 2006 to February 4th 2007
Bibliografía
  • Pinturas de Goya (inéditas) en el palacio de los condes de Sobradiel de Zaragoza
    Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones
    Ricardo del Arco
    pp. 124-131
    XXIII
    1915
  • Goya pintor religioso. (Precedentes italianos y franceses)
    Revista de Ideas Estéticas
    Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón
    pp. 277-306
    IV, 15-16
    1946
  • Cuadros de Goya en el Museo Lázaro,
    Seminario de Arte Aragonés
    José Camón Aznar
    p. 3
    t. IV
    1952
  • “Anotaciones al Goya joven”
    Paragone
    José Milicua
    pp. 5-28
    V
    1954
  • Les peintures de Goya dans la chapelle du palais des Comtes de Sobradiel à Saragosse
    Revue des Arts
    Valentín de (comisario) Sambricio
    pp. 215-222
    1954
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 81, cat. 16
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 238, cat. 23
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya en Aragón
    Federico Torralba Soriano
    p. 20
    1970
    Editorial Everest
  • Goya en Zaragoza
    Antonio Beltrán
    pp. 37-46
    1971
    Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza (Talleres gráficos de Octavio y Félez)
  • Datos inéditos y precisiones iconográficas y estilísticas sobre las pinturas que decoraban el oratorio del palacio de los condes de Sobradiel en Zaragoza, originales de Francisco de Goya
    Archivo Español de Arte
    José Luis Morales Y Marín
    pp. 59-67
    249
    1990
  • Goya. Pintor religioso
    José Luis Morales Y Marín
    pp. 70 y ss.
    1990
    Diputación General de Aragón
  • Goya y Aragón. Familia, amistades y encargos artísticos
    Arturo Ansón Navarro
    pp. 94-98.
    num. 10
    1995
    Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada de Aragón
    Col. Mariano de Pano y Ruata
  • Goya y el Palacio de Sobradiel
    Juan Carlos (comisario) Lozano López
    passim (esp. pp. 276-277, cat. 32)
    2006-2007
    Gobierno de Aragón, Dpto. de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
  • Goya y Zaragoza (1746-1775). Sus raíces aragonesas
    Manuela B. Mena Marqués and VVAA
    pp. 63-66
    2015
    Fundación Goya en Aragón, Ibercaja y Gobierno de Aragón
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