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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. The frescoes were painted in 1778–79 around the theme of Saint Luke Painting the Virgin. The figure of Saint Luke is depicted in the central part of the composition. Meanwhile, on his right, there is an unfinished easel painting of the Virgin with Child, as is characteristic in the iconography of Saint Luke. On his left, however, three angels display a conceptual tablet with text from a biblical passage (Luke 1:28). The Saint points upwards, namely, to his words. He is also pointing downwards at the same time, possibly to draw our attention to the bull, the Saint’s symbol. In the composition, numerous angels in different poses accompany him. Francisco Bayeu also painted other parts of the Chapel. For example, the Dome. In this section, he developed the themes of The Triumph of the Lamb of God on the High Altar; Allegory of the Church opposite the latter; in front of it, The Faith with the Tablets of the Law, and in front of the Epistle, the work titled Prophet Isaiah. The drawings and preparatory sketches are kept in the museum and are linked together. Special mention should be made to the preparatory drawings; Saint Luke (D2128), since it is the main figure of study in the composition; Mantle (D340), the study of the lower part of the mantle for the main figure; and Young Angel (D398), which is the preparatory drawing for the angel below the saint, pointing to him.

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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, 1972. Núm. 602.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. 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: 28-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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