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Medical Examination
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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Medical Examination

1824 - 1828. Black chalk, Lithographic crayon on laid paper. On display elsewhere

Bordeaux Sketchbook [H], sheet 17. Like those in the Caprichos, the Bordeaux drawings of monks highlight their corruption. The modern title of this image indicates that the Benedictine in the black habit is examining the lumps around the mouth of a cleric of higher rank, as denoted by his skullcap and his canon’s or bishop’s mozzetta. The latter’s foolish smile and gullible, trusting expression reveal that he believes in the skills of the repellent doctor, who is laughed at by two figures in the background. The locked trunk suggests that the treatment has its price and that the community thrives on deception, exploiting the ignorance of others. As such, this scene reflects Goya’s fulminating critique of the religious orders and their teachings.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.264 nº174

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Technical data

Inventory number
D004138
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Medical Examination
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Black chalk; Lithographic crayon
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 191 mm.; Width: 151 mm.
Series
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 17
Provenance
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.401.

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 1780.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. nº 434.

Aún aprendo : últimas obras de Tiziano a Tápies / [textos José María Parreño, José Jiménez Lozano, Alberto Portera Sánchez], Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, 2007.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 264 nº174.

Filigree +

Motive: Letras "RJ" (mitad inferior)
Height: 15 mm
Width: 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 +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 401.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1780.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 434.

Inscriptions +

Goya
Signed. Front, lower central area

[Fragmento del sello de la Dirección del Museo Nacional de Pinturas, Museo de la Trinidad]
Printmaking. Front, upper area

156
Inscribed in pencil. Front, lower right corner

17
Inscribed with black pencil. Front, upper right area

401
Inscribed in pencil. Lower area, Back, Secondary support

Exhibitions +

Goya Beyeler
Basilea
10.10.2021 - 23.01.2022

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

Aún aprendo. Últimas obras de Tiziano a Tàpies
Segovia
25.09.2007 - 13.01.2008

Location +

Basilea - Beyeler Museum (Temporary Exhibition)

Update date: 25-10-2021 | Registry created on 16-07-2021

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