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Head for the Figure of Saint Elizabeth
Bayeu, Francisco
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Bayeu, Francisco

Zaragoza, 1734 - Madrid, 1795

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Head for the Figure of Saint Elizabeth

1791. White chalk, Black chalk on green paper.
Not on display

This is a preparatory drawing for the figure of Saint Elizabeth in the fresco The Visitation in the chapel of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Ramón Bayeu made an etched print this fresco, now in the Calcografía Nacional. On the cupola, Francisco Bayeu depicted the Eternal Father on the throne surrounded by angels and seraphim. On the side walls, the Adoration of the Shepherds is depicted. Saint Luke appears on the right. The Adoration of the Magi and Saint Matthew are depicted on the frontispiece and two groups of angels appear on a painting over the door. On the walls on either side of the small window, Bayeu depicted The Visitation and The Flight into Egypt. Finally, on the ceiling located in the small room where the altar is situated, he depicted the Holy Spirit surrounded by angels between Saint John the Evangelist and Solomon. The Museo del Prado keeps several related preparatory drawings.

This drawing is a study of the figure’s head. It is depicted in right profile and with a knotted kerchief on her head. The Museum keeps the preparatory drawing (D00598) for the whole figure.

Arnáez, Rocío, Catálogo de Dibujos II. Dibujos españoles siglo XVIII. A-B, Madrid, 1975, p.102

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Inventory number
D000505
Author
Bayeu, Francisco
Title
Head for the Figure of Saint Elizabeth
Date
1791
Technique
White chalk; Black chalk
Support
Green paper
Dimension
Height: 278 mm; Width: 242 mm
Series
Preparatorios para los frescos del Oratorio del Palacio Real de Aranjuez. La Visitación.
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Arnáez, Rocío, Dibujos de Francisco Bayeu en el Museo del Prado, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 178, 1972, pp. 135, nº 112.

Arnáez, Rocío, Catálogo de Dibujos II. Dibujos españoles siglo XVIII. A-B, Madrid, 1975, pp. 102.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Dibujos, 1857. Núm. 135.
135. Ochenta y dos dibujos sueltos / de cabezas de diferentes / tamaños, de Bayeu en muy / mal estado.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 489.

Inscriptions +

[...AL DE PINTU... + escudo] (Sello: Dirección del Museo Nacional de Pinturas)
Printmaking. Front, upper central area

MP [Anagrama con las iniciales dentro de un escudo]
Printmaking. Front, lower right corner

Nº 135.
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower right corner

Por Fran(co). Bayeu
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Dibujos de Francisco Bayeu
Zaragoza
17.11.1995 - 13.12.1995

Update date: 25-08-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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