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God Bids Us Forgive!
García Sampedro, Luis
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García Sampedro, Luis

Barcelona, 1872 - Madrid, 1926

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God Bids Us Forgive!

1895. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

Taking its cue from serialised fiction, the work narrates the return to her father’s home of a girl and her daughter, the fruit of an extra-marital relationship. Kneeling, she implores clemency from her father, whose anger is placated by a priest who reminds him of the duty to forgive. The emotional strength of the painting won it an award at the 1895 National Exhibition, whose jury chose to ignore a deficient composition that nonetheless has its aspirations, since the artist based it on models by Caravaggio and Velázquez. Its acquisition by the State legitimised the discourse that defined the position of woman in the patriarchal society of the time.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2020, p.160 nº 16

Technical data

Inventory number
García Sampedro, Luis
God Bids Us Forgive!
Height: 270.3 cm; Width: 445 cm
Acquired by the State, 1903; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1903-1971

Bibliography +

Pantorba, B. de, Historia y crítica de las Exposiciones Nacionales de Bellas Artes, Jesús Ramón García Rama, Madrid, 1980, pp. 156.

Espinós, A.; Orihuela, M. y Royo Villanova, M. [et al.], El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Barcelona. III, Cuenca y Segovia. Segovia. Alcázar, Boletín del Museo del Prado, VII, 1986, pp. 199.

Noticias del Prado. Levantamiento definitivo de depósitos. Albacete. Museo, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 9, 1988, pp. 181.

Díez, J.L (dir.), 'Luis García Sampedro. Perdonar nos manda Dios' En:, Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 215.

G. Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 160 nº 16.

Other inventories +

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 49-G y 85-G.

Inscriptions +

Luis García, S. / Madrid. 1895
Signed and dated. Front, lower left corner

MAM 85 G - [ilegible: "O", "G" o "C"]
Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left corner

Location +

MUBAG - Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

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Siglo XIX

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Siglo XIX

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Siglo XIX

Update date: 07-06-2022 | Registry created on 01-04-2020

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