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Saint Luke
Bayeu, Francisco
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Bayeu, Francisco

Zaragoza, 1734 - Madrid, 1795

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Saint Luke

Ca. 1778. Oil on canvas. On display elsewhere

This is a sketch for one of the frescoes on the gospel side of the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Painted in 1778-1779, those frescoes of Saint Luke Painting the Virgin present the saint at the center of the composition, with his still-unfinished painting of the Virgin and Child on an easel at his right. That is the normal iconography for Saint Luke. On his left, three angels display a banner with the Bible text from Luke I, 28. With one hand, the saint points upwards to his words while, with the other, he points down, possibly to draw our attention to the bull that is one of his symbols. In the composition he is accompanied by numerous angels in different postures. Francisco Bayeu also painted other parts of the chapel, including the dome, where he developed the subjects of The Glory of the Lamb of God over the main altarpiece, Allegory of the Church in front of the main altarpiece, and Faith with the Tablets of the Ten Commandments across from it. For the epistle wall he painted the Prophet Isaiah. The related drawings and preparatory sketches are at the Museo del Prado, and particular mention should be made of three drawings: Saint Luke (D02128), which is the study for the composition´s main figure; Robes (D00340), which is a study for his robes in the lower part, and Servant Angel (D00398), which is a preparatory drawing for the angel who points to the Saint from below.

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Saint Luke
Ca. 1778
Height: 47 cm; Width: 58 cm
Serie de preparatorios para frescos de la Capilla Pública del Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Royal Collection (Acquired from Julián María Piñera, 1842)

Bibliography +

Sambricio, Valentin De, Francisco Bayeu, C.S.I.C.Inst.Diego Velazquez, Madrid, 1955, pp. 37/ lám.20.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catalogo de Dibujos.Vol.I.Dibujos Españoles.Siglos XV-XVII., [s.n], Madrid, 1972, pp. 64.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº2752.

El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Palma de Mallorca, en Mahón y en Pamplona, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIV (32), 1993, pp. 81.

Morales y Marín, José Luis, Francisco Bayeu. Vida y obra, Ediciones Moncayo, Zaragoza, 1995, pp. 103.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 2752.
2752 / Idm. / . Idm / Alto 1 pie, 6 pulg; ancho 2 pies

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 651.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 602.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1972. Núm. 602.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed. Back, Upper central area

Inscribed in red color. Front, lower left area

Inscribed with chalk. Back, Upper left area

San Lucas [dos veces, la otra en la parte inferior derecha]
Inscribed. Back, Upper left area

Et ingresus Angelus ad / eam dixit: Ave gra / tia [p]len[a]. Reproduce a Lucas I.28
Inscribed in black. Front, upper right area

Location +

Mahón - Museo de Menorca (Deposit)

Displayed objects +

Painting: Se representa a la Virgen con el Nuño, como es usual en la iconografía de San Lucas.

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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