Inventory number
P00745
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Christ Crucified
Chronology
1780
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
255 cm x 154 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Museo de la Trinidad (Madrid, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 05-07-1780; Madrid, Convento de Jesús y María, vulgo San Francisco el Grande, de franciscanos, basílica, depósito de la Academia, en 1785; Madrid, Museo de la Trinidad, 1835-1836).

Christ is depicted on the Cross, over a black background, with four nails and a foot platform, in keeping with the tradition of seventeenth-century Spanish painting. Nevertheless, the classic concept of beauty brought to Spain by Mengs and Bayeu is also perceptible. And Goya softens the bloodiest and most dramatic aspects of this subject, bringing out the beauty of the nude body.

Goya presented this work at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in May, 1780, gaining the rank of Academician of Merit with it. The canvas was sent to the church of San Francisco el Grande, whose decoration was sponsored by the King, himself. Thus, the Academy recognized the technical qualities of this painting, as well as the orthodoxy of its image.

 
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