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He's Helping Him to Die Well
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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He's Helping Him to Die Well

1824 - 1828. Pencil on laid paper.
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Bordeaux Sketchbook H, sheet 44. With a severe expression, a monk of the Capuchin order, which rigorously defended and propagated Catholicism, waves a crucifix before a prisoner. In other compositions by Goya, condemned prisoners and those on the brink of execution or already dead hold a cross. This one, however, clutches a book or sheet of paper; his skullcap, hair, beard, and markedly aquiline nose identify him as Jewish. The larger crucifix in the background furnishes the justification for his punishment: the ancient guilt of having put to death the Son of God. The artist previously depicted this subject in a critical manner in For Being of Jewish Ancestry, sheet 88 of Sketchbook C (London, British Museum). Here, the condemned man holds the prayer for the dead, or Kaddish, offering proof of his similarly unbreakable faith.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.269 nº 179


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
He's Helping Him to Die Well
1824 - 1828
Laid paper
Height: 191 mm; Width: 155 mm
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 44
Museo de la Trinidad

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 48, n.365.

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 1805.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 643-644.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 170.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 269 nº 179.

Filigree +

Motive: Corazón con un trébol y variante del escudo de Ámsterdam con una cruz de san Andrés (mitad superior)

49 x 41 mm
Corazón y escudo de Ámsterdam
Varios fabricantes franceses emplearon la filigrana del escudo de Ámsterdam en su variante con una cruz de San Andrés. Entre ellos, los papeleros de la dinastía Jardiel, de la comarca del Périgord, o los Bouygar, de Burdeos, cuya filigrana tenía además un gran corazón sobre el escudo.

Churchill, William Algernon, Watermarks in paper, in Holland, England, France, etc., in the XVII and XVIII centuries and their interconnection, B. De Graaf, Nieuwkoop, 1985, pp. n. 72 [D. Jardel, año 1780].

Other inventories +

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 459.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 365.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1805.

Exhibitions +

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

Update date: 07-07-2022 | Registry created on 31-03-2021

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