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Allegory of the Church
Bayeu, Francisco
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Bayeu, Francisco

Zaragoza, 1734 - Madrid, 1795

Bayeu, Francisco See author's file

Allegory of the Church

Ca. 1778. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

A sketch for one of the frescoes for a segment of the dome at the chapel of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, with a meticulous and brilliant technique that still shows the influence of Italian artist Corrado Giaquinto. It depicts the central part of the allegory, whose figure appears veiled. She carries a double key in her left hand, while her right holds the rod and rests on a block. Numerous angels around her engage in a variety of activities, including a group of three on the right, who carry the tablets of the Ten Commandments, while hree others on the left appear to be reading and five at the lower center look on with a friendly attitude. Francisco Bayeu also painted other parts of the chapel, including the dome, with The Attributes of the Virgin; The Glory of the Lamb of God, over the main altarpiece; Faith and the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, across from it; Saint Luke Painting the Virgin, on the side of the Gospel and The Prophet Isaiah, on the side of the Epistles. The Allegory of Faith (D00601) deserves special mention as a preparatory drawing for the main figure of the sketch and fresco, and Ramón Bayeu´s drawing of Religion (D00588), which is an exact copy of that main figure, as well as the drawing of the Servant Angel (D00387), a study of the angel at the lower center of the composition.

Technical data

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Inventory number
Bayeu, Francisco
Allegory of the Church
Ca. 1778
Height: 46 cm; Width: 57 cm
Serie de preparatorios para frescos de la Capilla Pública del Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Royal Collection (Acquired from Julián María Piñera, 1842).

Bibliography +

Sambricio, Valentin De, Francisco Bayeu, Instituto Diego Velázquez, Madrid, 1955, pp. 38/ lám.21.

Morales y Marin, Jose Luis, Los Bayeu, Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Arag, Zaragoza, 1979.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Palma de Mallorca, en Mahón y en Pamplona, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIV (32), 1993, pp. 82.

Morales y Marín, José Luis, Francisco Bayeu, vida y obra, Ediciones Moncayo, Madrid, 1995, pp. 102.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2754.
Desde el numero siguiente 2748 al 2762, ambos inclusives, fueron comprados por S.M. a D. Julián Maria Piñera, en virtud de orden de 1º de setiembre de 1842, habiéndose abonado por ellos la cantidad de 10.000 r.s v.on. // 2754 / Idm. /. Un boceto de una pechina. / Alto 1 pie, 6 pulg; ancho 2 pies.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 648.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 2492.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 2492.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed. Back, Upper central area

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left area

650 / S. R.
Inscribed with chalk. Back, central area

La iglesia [dos veces, la otra en la parte inferior central]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Back, Upper left area

Location +

Mahón - Museo de Menorca (Deposit)

Displayed objects +


Update date: 27-08-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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