Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1787
Ubicación
Royal Monastery of San Joaquín and Santa Ana, Valladolid, Spain
Dimensiones
220 x 160 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Cistercian congregation of Saint Bernard
Ficha: realización/revisión
19 Jan 2010 / 16 Jun 2021
Análisis artístico

Saint Lutgardis was a nun of the Benedictine Order (she actually came to the monastery as a follower of Saint Bernard, but later moved on to a Cistercian Monastery, also governed by the Rule of Saint Benedict, where she developed her mysticism). Lutgardis was taken to the Monastery of Santa Catalina de Tongres at the age of twelve. Her life changed when she was visited by a vision of Jesus Christ showing her his wounded heart, and she became one of the main propagators of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. From then on, she lived a very austere existence, and had numerous mystic experiences during her long meditations.

The scene depicts the saint in ecstasy, contemplating the crucifix above her. Her arms are outstretched in a gesture of surrender while she gazes enraptured at Christ.

The composition is very austere. Lutgardis wears a habit which shines against the dark, empty background, as if symbolizing her soul: the only elements in the composition are Christ and flowers representing her purity - roses and Madonna lilies - which are scattered around the saint.

For more information on the whole series, see Transition of Saint Joseph.

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
    París
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    Zaragoza
    1992
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
Bibliografía
  • ALCOCER Y MARTÍNEZ, Mariano
    El Real monasterio de San Joaquín y Santa Ana de Valladolid
    Boletín de la Comisión de Monumentos Históricos y Artísticos de la provincia de Valladolid 3
    1926
  • DESPARMENT FITZ-GERALD, Xavier
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    vol. I, p. 124, cat. 79
  • p. 95, cat. 239
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    vol. I, p. 273, cat. 247
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    p. 102, cat. 215
  • CAMÓN AZNAR, José
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. II, pp. 50, 51 y p. 167 (il.)
  • GLENDINNING, Nigel (Comisario)
    La década de los Caprichos. Retratos 1792-1804
    MadridReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
    1992
    p. 56, cat. 14 y p. 57 (il.)
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