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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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1824 - 1828. Black chalk, Lithographic crayon on laid paper.
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Bordeaux Sketchbook [H], sheet 4. The drawing’s modern title refers to the action of a monk who is shown speaking sternly to a boy. His white habit and black hooded cloak identify him as a Dominican, a guardian of orthodoxy and member of this important mendicant order that existed on alms. Nonetheless, the monk is comfortably ensconced on a raised sofa, his feet inserted in a hole that is ideal for keeping them warm. He presents the child with a choice between the skull, at which he points meaningfully, and the cross, which guarantees eternal life. The young laborer, with torn trousers and hands swollen from harsh agricultural toil, responds by raising the mattock used to break heavy earth, as if to say that hard work is his fate.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.268 nº 178


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Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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1824 - 1828
Black chalk; Lithographic crayon
Laid paper
Height: 190 mm; Width: 153 mm
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 4
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Federico de Madrazo y/o Román Garreta, Madrid, c. 1855-1860; Museo de la Trinidad, Madrid, 5-4-1866; Museo del Prado, 1872.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 53, n.402.

Gassier, Pierre y Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1767.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 633.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. nº 119.

Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración, [El Viso], Madrid, 1988, pp. 467-469.

Goya and the spirit of enlightenment, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, pp. 382.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 268 nº 178.

Filigree +

Motive: Letras "RJ"

13 x 37 mm
Probablemente, las letras "RJ" sean iniciales de uno de los herederos de la dinastía Jardel, familia papelera establecida en la comarca del Périgord (Francia), alguno de cuyos miembros, como R. Jardel, empleó a mediados del siglo XVIII como marca de agua la versión del escudo de armas de Ámsterdam (véase además, el modelo de filigrana: Corazón y escudo de Ámsterdam).

Other inventories +

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 421.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 402.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1767.

Inscriptions +

Signed. Front, Lower right area

Inscribed in pencil. Front, upper right corner

Inscribed in pencil. Front, Lower right area

25 [tachado]
Inscribed with blue pencil. Central area, Back, Secondary support

Inscribed in pencil. Lower area, Back, Secondary support

Upper area, Back, Secondary support

Exhibitions +

Goya Beyeler
10.10.2021 - 23.01.2022

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
Nueva York NY
09.05.1989 - 16.07.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
18.01.1989 - 26.03.1989

Goya y el Espíritu de la Ilustración
04.10.1988 - 18.12.1988

Update date: 02-02-2022 | Registry created on 16-07-2021

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