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The Virgin and Child with Saints Elizabeth and John
Bocanegra, Pedro Atanasio
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Bocanegra, Pedro Atanasio

Granada (Spain), 1638 - Granada (Spain), 1689

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The Virgin and Child with Saints Elizabeth and John

Third quarter of the XVII century. Oil on canvas. Not on display

This holy conversation conceived with a closed scheme that reflects the Renaissance tradition, and human models based directly on those used by Alonso Cano, has a degree of immediacy and spontaneous familiarity derived from how the different figures relate to each other. Young Saint John draws near to kiss his infant cousin Jesus´ hand while John´s mother expresses their family relationship with her hands, probably so that, given her advanced age, she will not be confused with Saint Anne.

The figures of Saint Elizabeth, derived from the Sainte Anne or Saint Elizabeth on the Getafe retable (Madrid), and the Christ Child are closest to those of Cano, as the Virgin´s face more clearly resembles models by Raphael or even Murillo. The color scheme, however, is absolutely derived from Cano, as are the taste in landscapes, the accessory elements and Mary´s elegant hands. The model for this depiction of Mary is quite reminiscent of The Virgin Appearing to Saint Bernard (Granada Cathedral and church of San Juan de los Reyes)

The technique´s lack of elasticity—something that Cano almost never lacked—as well as the children´s rather wooden anatomies and the figures´ dry facial features force us to consider this an original work by Bocanegra, who was Cano´s best and most faithful disciple, and probably dates from the middle of Bocanegra´s career.

It was acquired from María del Carmen Cabrero de Larrañaga in 1873, and there is a poor copy signed by Narcisa Careaga at the Ecclesiastical court in Granada.

Technical data

Inventory number
P000619
Author
Bocanegra, Pedro Atanasio
Title
The Virgin and Child with Saints Elizabeth and John
Date
Third quarter of the XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 127 cm.; Width: 166 cm.
Provenance
Acquired from María Cabrero de Larrañaga, 1873.

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Calvo Castellón, Antonio, Los fondos arquitectónicos y el paisaje en la pintura barroca andaluza, Diputación Provincial, Departamento de Historia de Arte, Granada, 1982, pp. 302.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 61.

Palomino de Castro y Velasco, Acisclo Antonio, Vidas, Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 1986, pp. 302.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº441.

Pintores del Reinado de Carlos II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1996, pp. nº38.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 441.
Autor / Boca negra / 441 Lienzo la Sacra Familia / Por el museo del prado (a nº665) / Alto 1,27 ancho 1,66. / Adquirido por el estado con fha. 21 de mayo 1873 en la cantidad de ...... pesetas.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1873-1907. Núm. 665a.
665 a.-La Virgen con Jesus niño, San Juan Bautista y Santa Ana.-El Precursor, arrodillado, besa la mano á Jesus, á quien tiene cariñosamente en su regazo su santa Madre. / Este lienzo fué comprado por el Gobierno á Doña María del Carmen C**, viuda de un distinguido literato, en Mayo de 1873. / Alto, 1,27; ancho 1,66.-L.

Exhibitions +

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Toledo
11.04.1997 - 11.05.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Sevilla
28.02.1997 - 06.04.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Murcia
24.01.1997 - 23.02.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Valencia
20.12.1996 - 19.01.1997

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Zaragoza
15.11.1996 - 15.12.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Pamplona
11.10.1996 - 10.11.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Vitoria
06.09.1996 - 06.10.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Santander
17.05.1996 - 16.06.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
León
12.04.1996 - 12.05.1996

Pintores del reinado de Carlos II
Vigo
29.02.1996 - 31.03.1996

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Update date: 23-05-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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