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Saint Elizabeth with Infant Saint John
Cano, Alonso
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Cano, Alonso

Granada, 1601 - Granada, 1667

Cano, Alonso See author's file

Saint Elizabeth with Infant Saint John

Ca. 1645. Charcoal on laid paper.
Not on display

This sketch, due to its close resemblance to Getafe’s canvas depicting the same theme and painted by Cano in 1645, has been identified as Saint Elizabeth with Infant Saint John. Saint Elizabeth is depicted standing, in a marked contrapposto. She holds her chunky son at waist level to her right. The reflective and intimate tone of the composition can be better identified in the drawing. On the canvas, Saint Elizabeth is depicted holding her head up and away from the child, in the direction of the centre of the altarpiece. However, in the drawing, the mother’s intense concentration on her son conveys a sense of ominous prophecy.

Drawings and studies related to the canvas in the parish church of the Magdalena in Getafe have survived in four distinct mediums: charcoal, pen and ink, pen and ink with opaque watercolour and a study in grisaille. The charcoal study of Saint Elizabeth and Saint John displays a rich variety of mixed hues that recalls Cano’s employment of watercolour. It is one of the few drawings executed with this type of technique that is firmly attributed to the master.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Santander, Fundación Marcelino Botín, 2009, p.280-281; nº 45


Technical data

Inventory number
Cano, Alonso
Saint Elizabeth with Infant Saint John
Ca. 1645
Laid paper
Height: 142 mm; Width: 69 mm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, F.J., Dibujos Españoles. Vol. IV. Alonso Cano, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 305.

Martinez Chumillas, Manuel, Alonso Cano: estudio monográfico de la obra del insigne que fue de la catedral de Granada, Carlos Jaime, Madrid, 1949, pp. 94.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano's drawings, The Art bulletin, 34, 1952, pp. 219 y 231, nº XXV.

Gómez-Moreno, María Elena, Exposicion Alonso Cano. Catálogo, Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Granada, 1954, pp. nº 77.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano: painter, sculptor, architect, Princeton University, New Jersey, 1955, pp. 48 / lám. 59.

Orozco Díaz, Emilio, Alonso Cano y su escuela en el III centenario de su muerte, Caja de Ahorros, Granada, 1963, pp. nº 197.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 57-58.

Wethey, H.E., Los Dibujos de Alonso Cano.Separata, Universidad de Granada, Granada, 1979, pp. 554.

Wethey, Harold, Alonso Cano: pintor, escultor y arquitecto, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1983, pp. 163, nº 39 / lám. 55.

Véliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano's Drawings and Related Works, Courtald Institute-London Univ., Londres, 1998, pp. nº 39.

Alonso Cano dibujos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 147, nº 35.

Veliz, Zahira, Alonso Cano (1601-1667): dibujos, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, 2009, pp. 280-281; nº 45.

Hoffman-Samland, Jens, 'Atribuido Juan Niño de Guevara. El arcángel Gabriel' En:, Dibujos españoles en la Kunsthalle de Hamburgo, Museo Nacional del Prado Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist Univ. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Madrid, 2014, pp. 231, nt.6.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 17.
Se le llama "San José"

Inv. General, Sección 3ª. Dibujos, grabados, acuarelas y miniaturas, 1879. Núm. 59.
59. San José y el niño Jesús. A. Alonso Cano alto 0,14 por 0,7 ancho. marco negro y cristal.

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 52.

Inscriptions +

Cano [parcialmente borrado]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, upper right area

Update date: 21-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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