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The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Bayeu, Francisco
The Assumption of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1760
Bayeu, Francisco

This is a preparatory oil sketch for the decoration of a section of the dome in the monastery church of Santa Engracia, Zaragoza. An early work by the artist, it is close to the style of Antonio González Velázquez (1723-1794). Bayeu makes use of a complex palette and dark tonalities with a preference for browns and greyish-red shades that looks back to Spanish Golden Age painting.

Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco
Olympus. The Battle of the Giants
Oil on canvas. 1767 - 1768
Bayeu, Francisco

Francisco Bayeu, who came from minor nobility, trained in Zaragoza under José Luzán (who, years later, would also teach Francisco de Goya). However, a decisive change in the young Bayeu´s style came about under the influence of Antonio González Velázquez (1723-93), who visited Zaragoza soon after returning from Italy in 1752, carrying models and drawings by his Italian

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