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The Holy Family
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza, 1746 - Burdeos, Francia, 1828

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The Holy Family

Ca. 1787. Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 51.5 cm.

Goya expresses the greater importance of this composition through the larger size of the figures, compared to its companion work, Tobias and the Angel (P07856). The wood shavings on the floor indicate that the scene takes place in Saint Joseph´s austere carpentry shop. The Virgin and Saint Joseph —holding his flowering staff— sadly reflect on their child´s destiny, which is foreshadowed by the wooden cross he holds in his hands. The light, which is observed with great naturalness, comes from the Child and his Mother and floods the dark room. The composition is ordered according to the reigning neoclassical rigor, to which Goya was not immune at that time.

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Tobias and the Angel
Oil on canvas, Ca. 1787
Inventory number
P07857
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Holy Family
Date
Ca. 1787
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
High/Height: 63.5 cm.; Width: 51.5 cm.
Serie
Escenas de Tobías como prefiguración de Cristo, (2)
Provenance
Private Collection in Madrid, late nineteenth century-2003; Acquired by the State, as a nonrecourse debt, for the Prado Museum, 2003.

Bibliography +

Mena Marqués, Manuela B., Goya, pintor religioso. Tres cuadros inéditos, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid:, 2003, pp. 30-36.

Mena Marqués, Manuela B., Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). 'Tobías y el ángel' (c.1787-88) y 'La Sagrada Familia' (c.1787-88), en VV. AA.: Museo Nacional del Prado. Memoria de Actividades 2003, Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, Madrid:, 2004, pp. 38-40.

Maurer, G., ''Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito'', en Mena Marqués, M. B. (dir.): La belleza encerrada, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid:, 2013, pp. 392; 407.

Mena Marqués, M. B. y Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada. De Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid:, 2013, pp. 54, n. 241 y n. 242.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 2648.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Location +

Room 035 (On Display)

Update date: 12-02-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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