Francisco de Goya

Saint Cajetan (San Cayetano)

Clasificación
Saint Cajetan (San Cayetano)
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 / 14 Apr 2021
Inventario
(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
  • Ricardo del Arco
    Pinturas de Goya (inéditas) en el palacio de los condes de Sobradiel de Zaragoza
    Boletín de la Sociedad Española de ExcursionesXXIII
    1915
    pp. 124-131
  • Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón
    Goya pintor religioso. (Precedentes italianos y franceses)
    Revista de Ideas EstéticasIV, 15-16
    Madrid
    1946
    pp. 277-306
  • José Camón Aznar
    Cuadros de Goya en el Museo Lázaro,
    Seminario de Arte Aragonést. IV
    Zaragoza
    1952
    p. 3
  • José Milicua
    “Anotaciones al Goya joven”
    ParagoneV
    1954
    pp. 5-28
  • Valentín de (comisario) Sambricio
    Les peintures de Goya dans la chapelle du palais des Comtes de Sobradiel à Saragosse
    Revue des Arts
    París
    1954
    pp. 215-222
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 81, cat. 16
  • vol. I, p. 238, cat. 23
  • Federico Torralba Soriano
    Goya en Aragón
    Editorial Everest
    1970
    p. 20
  • Antonio Beltrán
    Goya en Zaragoza
    ZaragozaAyuntamiento de Zaragoza (Talleres gráficos de Octavio y Félez)
    1971
    pp. 37-46
  • José Luis Morales Y Marín
    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 Arte249
    1990
    pp. 59-67
  • José Luis Morales Y Marín
    Goya. Pintor religioso
    Diputación General de Aragón
    1990
    pp. 70 y ss.
  • ANSÓN NAVARRO, Arturo
    Goya y Aragón. Familia, amistades y encargos artísticos
    col. Col. Mariano de Pano y Ruata
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada de Aragón
    1995
    pp. 94-98.
  • Juan Carlos (comisario) Lozano López
    Goya y el Palacio de Sobradiel
    ZaragozaGobierno de Aragón, Dpto. de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
    2006-2007
    passim (esp. pp. 276-277, cat. 32)
  • Manuela B. Mena Marqués and VVAA
    Goya y Zaragoza (1746-1775). Sus raíces aragonesas
    ZaragozaFundación Goya en Aragón, Ibercaja y Gobierno de Aragón
    2015
    pp. 63-66
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