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Monks in procession
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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Monks in procession

1824 - 1828. Pencil on laid paper.
Not on display

Processions are a frequent element in Goya´s last works, and are always depicted with a noticeably dark tone, such as I the The San Isidro Pilgrimage, one of his Black Paintings. Here the monks hide their faces, while walking together forming a crowd; these are two common resources used by Goya to express lying, submission and the absence of critical thinking. The image shows his technical mastery in the use of black crayon, since he is able to sketch out different types of strokes that he uses to construct the crowd.

Albums G and H were produced in Bordeaux, probably simultaneously or very close to one another in time, as evidenced by their formal, stylistic and technical similarity. In them, Goya gave free rein to his capacity for invention based on specific events he had experienced, such as the popular characters seen on the streets of Paris and Bordeaux, and to his pure imagination. Goya depicts the most significant issues presented over the course of his career, but in this case the changes the tone from satirical to grotesque: the falsehood of humanity, inequality, poverty, irrationality and the violence of individuals and of society. Goya introduced the use of crayon in these albums. This occurs in coincidence to his interest in lithography and his practice of that procedure in Bordeaux.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín, 2017, p.130 n.78; 200 n.78


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Monks in procession
1824 - 1828
Laid paper
Height: 191 mm; Width: 155 mm
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 13

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 50, n.380.

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 1776.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 636.

Mena Marqués, Manuela, Un nuevo dibujo de Goya en el Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, V, 1984, pp. 47-54.

Tonnesson, Kare, Francisco Goya, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, 1996.

Bozal, Valeriano, Goya. Dibujos de Burdeos, Reales Sitios, 128, 1996, pp. 11.

Permanencia de la memoria: cartones para tapiz y dibujos de, Gobierno de Aragón, Departamento de Educación y Cu, Zaragoza, 1997, pp. 164.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 130 n.78; 200 n.78.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 315 nº 210.

Filigree +

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

40 x 83 mm
26 mm.
Centro del margen izquierdo
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 430.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 380.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1776.

Inscriptions +

Front, Lower right area

Exhibitions +

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"
20.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

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

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Permanencia en la memoria . Cartones para tapices y dibujos de Goya
14.02.1997 - 06.04.1997

Francisco de Goya
10.02.1996 - 14.04.1996

Update date: 07-07-2022 | Registry created on 25-11-2017

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