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Man condemned by the Inquisition
Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio
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Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio

Madrid, 1817 - Madrid, 1870

Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio See author's file

Man condemned by the Inquisition

1860. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

Wearing a penitent´s hood, a man condemned by the Inquisition rides a burro, receiving the insults of those observing this street scene. Executed with rapid and impasto brushstrokes favors, this work is inspired by scenes of inquisitorial condemnations painted by Goya, who was an exceptional witness to them. Lucas, however, could not have been a direct witness to this type of events as the inquisition was abolished by the Cortes de Cádiz in 1812 and definitively dissolved in 1834, following the death of Fernando VII. Lucas painted an entire series of paintings on the same subject which are also in the Prado Museum, such as Those Condemned by the Inquisition (P06974) and Woman Condemned by the Inquisition (P04438). This work is part of a donation made to the now-defunct Museum of Modern Art in 1968 by María de los Ángeles Sáinz de la Cuesta, Countess of los Moriles, in memory of her husband, Juan Vitórica Casuso.

Technical data

Inventory number
Lucas Velázquez, Eugenio
Man condemned by the Inquisition
Height: 51 cm; Width: 41 cm
Bequest of Juan Vitórica Casuso for the Museo de Arte Moderno, 1968

Bibliography +

Arnáiz, José Manuel, Eugenio Lucas: su vida y su obra, Montal, Madrid, 1981, pp. 540-541.

De la Puente, Joaquín, Casón del Buen Retiro. Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 148.

García-Herraiz, Enrique, Cuadro Condenados por la inqusición de Eugenio Lucas Velázquez en el Casón del Buen Retiro. Reflexiones sobre el europeismo del pintor, Goya: Revista de Arte, 211/2, 1989, pp. 65.

Diez, J.L; Barón, J., El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 144/ lám.16.

Díez, José Luis (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 347.

Other inventories +

Actas traslado de obras MEAC - Prado, 1971-1973. Núm. 341.

Exhibitions +

Goya y el mundo moderno
18.12.2008 - 22.03.2009

El Siglo XIX en el Prado
31.10.2007 - 20.04.2008

Displayed objects +


Sambenito / Scapular, Penitent's

Update date: 26-02-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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