Francisco de Goya

Coming of the Virgin of the Pillar to Zaragoza (Venida de la Virgen del Pilar a Zaragoza) (sketch)

Clasificación
Coming of the Virgin of the Pillar to Zaragoza (Venida de la Virgen del Pilar a Zaragoza) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1782 - 1783
Ubicación
Villar Mir Culture Fund, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
47 x 33 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Villar Mir Culture Fund
Ficha: realización/revisión
14 Jan 2010 / 27 Aug 2021
Historia

This sketch is the first study for the altar painting Goya was commissioned to produce in 1782 for the Church of Urrea de Gaén. The work belonged to Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch, a painter from Madrid, and passed through various collections in Valladolid before it was acquired by its current owner. The Marquis of Lozoya published the work in 1951.

Análisis artístico

There are some differences between this sketch and the definitive work. The composition is reversed from left to right. The secondary figures are given more importance in the sketch; in the final work the tones used to depict them are lighter. In the middle ground, behind Saint James, we can see a figure who addresses the apostle with open arms in the form of a cross who is not present in the final painting. Lozoya links this figure to the shot man in Third of May and the Christ Praying in the Garden of the religious school Escuelas Pías de San Antón in Madrid.

This first study was executed with impulsive brushstrokes, giving the resulting rich colours. The white highlights help to create perspective and give form to the figures.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya en las colecciones españolas
    Sala de Exposiciones del BBVA
    Madrid
    1995
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From December 14th 1995 to February 17th 1996
  • Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1996
    consultant editor Federico Torralba Soriano. From October 3th to December 1st 1996
  • La memoria de Goya
    Museo de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    2008
    organized by Fundación Goya en Aragón, consultant editor Juan Carlos Lozano López. From February 7th to April 6th 2008
Bibliografía
  • Marqués de Lozoya
    Dos Goyas inéditos de tema religioso
    Archivo Español de ArteXXIV
    1951
    pp. 5-10
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 77, 93, cat. 194
  • vol. I, p. 279, cat. 280 y fig. 398 (il.
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    p. 98, cat. 145
  • WILSON-BAREU, Juliet
    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1993
    p. 132, cat. 10 y p. 133 (il.)
  • Federico (comisario) Torralba Soriano
    Realidad e imagen. Goya 1746 – 1828
    Madrid, Gobierno de Aragón y Electa
    1996
    p. 82 y p. 83 (il.)
  • Andrés Álvarez Gracia
    Goya, Ramón Bayeu y José del Castillo en los retablos de las iglesias parroquiales de la Puebla de Híjar, Vinaceite y Urrea de Gaén
    Archivo Español de ArteLXXV, 298
    2002
    pp. 167-189
  • LOZANO LÓPEZ, Juan Carlos
    La memoria de Goya (1828 – 1978)
    ZaragozaGobierno de Aragón, Dpto. de Educación, Cultura y Deporte
    2008
    p. 376, cat. 118
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