Francisco de Goya

Saint Isidore the Labourer (San Isidro Labrador)

Datos Generales
Ca. 1778 - 1782
Private collection, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
230 x 192 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine on laid paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
07 Nov 2010 / 21 Jul 2015

Signed Fco. Goya fe., lower left-hand corner.


Preparatory drawing for the plate with the same title.

Análisis artístico

In this drawing, which Francisco de Goya made in preparation for the execution of the etching of the same name, neither the oxen nor the angel from the finished work are present. In the preparatory drawing he has sketched Saint Isidore illuminated by a celestial light, looking up to heaven, his arms opened wide, kneeling on the ground.

We do not know why the artist only depicts here the figure, the patron saint of Madrid, and leaves out the other elements which feature in the background of the print, the oxen and the angel, whose wings can just about be made out. It is possible that at the beginning the etching was just as conceived here in the preparatory drawing and that perhaps the figures in the background were a later improvisation.

The execution of the print caused certain technical problems for the artist, leading him to discard the plate as unusable, which is why we only have this one impression.

  • Goya engravings and lithographs, vol. I y II.
    Tomás Harris
    Bruno Cassirer
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    cat. 54
    Office du livre
  • Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    Pierre Gassier
    cat. 23
  • Goya y Zaragoza (1746-1775). Sus raíces aragonesas
    Manuela B. Mena Marqués and VVAA
    pp. 164-165
    Fundación Goya en Aragón, Ibercaja y Gobierno de Aragón
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