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Bayeu, Francisco
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Bayeu, Francisco

Zaragoza, 1734 - Madrid, 1795

Bayeu, Francisco See author's file


Ca. 1769. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

While this work has traditionally been identified as one of the sketches that Francisco Bayeu made for the lost compositions he painted in 1796 for the cloister of the convent of San Pascual in Aranjuez (Annunciation, Nativity, Ascension and Pentecost), that identification is actually erroneous, as Morales y Marín discovered in his two studies of that artist (1979 and 1995). After studying the iconographic program of Aranjuez Palace´s public Royal Chapel, he realized that the definitive versions were, in fact, there.

The present painting was acquired by queen Elizabeth II from Julián Maria Piñera by Royal Order of September 1, 1842, which states: "numbers 2748 to 2762, inclusive, were purchased by H. M. from Julián Maria Piñera in accordance with the order of September 1, 1842, following payment for them of 10,000 R.s of fleece" (inventory of 1843-1857). Other sketches also by Francisco Bayeu were also acquired, following a purchase offer that read: "one [sketch] of the large oil painting that existed in the royal chapel at Aranjuez and was tragically destroyed, or disappeared, when the French invaded in 1808, and was of the arrival of the Holy Ghost over the apostles."

Moreover, the present work differs in dimensions and proportions from the other known sketches for San Pascual in Aranjuez. There is a drawing of the Virgin´s figure that differs from the sketch only in the position of her hands (D03230), as well as another drawing at the Prado of an apostle´s figure that is preparatory for this sketch (D00353).

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Inventory number
Bayeu, Francisco
Ca. 1769
Height: 46 cm; Width: 39 cm
Serie de preparatorios para lienzo de Pentecostés del la Capilla Real publica de Aranjuez
Royal Collection (Acquired from Julián María Piñera, 1842)

Bibliography +

Morales y Marin, Jose Luis, Los Bayeu, Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Arag, Zaragoza, 1979, pp. 114.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Zaragoza. Escuela de Bellas Artes, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XVI, 1995, pp. 75.

Morales y Marín, José Luis, Francisco Bayeu. Vida y obra, Ediciones Moncayo, Zaragoza, 1995, pp. 87.

Maria Fiel al Espiritu.Su Iconografia en Aragon de la Edad M..., Museo Camon Aznar, Zaragoza, 1998, pp. 156.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2759.
Idm./2759. La venida del espiritu santo./Alto 1 pie, 6 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 1 pie, 3 p.s, 6 lin.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 655.
La bajada del Espíritu Santo / Alto 0,46. Ancho 0,39. – Lienzo. / Está María rodeada de los Apóstoles en el cenáculo, y el Espíritu Santo desciende á ellos en forma de paloma.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower central area

Exhibitions +

María. Fiel del espíritu
10.09.1998 - 08.11.1998

Location +

Zaragoza - Museo de Zaragoza (Deposit)

Update date: 11-04-2022 | Registry created on 25-01-2019

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