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Saint Matthew
Bayeu, Francisco
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Bayeu, Francisco

Zaragoza, 1734 - Madrid, 1795

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Saint Matthew

1791. White chalk, Black chalk on dark toned paper.
Not on display

This is a preparatory drawing for the figure of Saint Matthew on the front of the fresco in the chapel of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. On the side walls, Francisco Bayeu depicted the Adoration of the Shepherds. Saint Luke appears on the right. The Adoration of the Magi and two groups of angels appear in a painting over the door. On the walls, on either side of the small window, he depicted The Visitation and this one, the Flight into Egypt. Finally, on the cupola located in the small room where the altar is situated, he depicted the Holy Spirit surrounded by angels between Saint John the Evangelist and Solomon. The Museo del Prado keeps various related preparatory drawings.

The figure is depicted standing, facing forwards. He holds his cloak in his left hand and his right appears outstretched. The study of the cloth is very thorough; however, the head and limbs are barely sketched.

Arnáez, Rocío, Catálogo de Dibujos II. Dibujos españoles siglo XVIII. A-B, Madrid, 1975, p.107

Technical data

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Inventory number
D000619
Author
Bayeu, Francisco
Title
Saint Matthew
Date
1791
Technique
White chalk; Black chalk
Support
Dark toned paper
Dimension
Height: 537 mm; Width: 322 mm
Series
Preparatorios para los frescos del Oratorio del Palacio Real de Aranjuez
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Arnáez, Rocío, Dibujos de Francisco Bayeu en el Museo del Prado, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 178, 1972, pp. 135, nº 123.

Arnáez, Rocío, Catálogo de Dibujos II. Dibujos españoles siglo XVIII. A-B, Madrid, 1975, pp. 107.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Sección Dibujos, 1857. Núm. 137.
137. Noventa y seis idem idem de idem [dibujos sueltos de estudios], / de paños y ropas de diferentes ta- / maños y formas del mismo [Bayeu], en / idem, idem, idem [muy mal estado].

Inv. Dibujos, Fondo Antiguo. Núm. 168.

Inscriptions +

[... DEL MUSEO NACIONAL DE ... + escudo] (Sello: Dirección del Museo Nacional de Pinturas)
Printmaking. Front, upper central area

168
Printmaking. Lower right area, Front, Secondary support

MP [Anagrama con las iniciales dentro de un escudo]
Printmaking. Front, lower right corner

Nº 137.
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front, lower left area

Update date: 01-09-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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