Inventory number
P03260
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Immaculate Conception
Chronology
1783-1784
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
80 cm x 41 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
G. M. de Jovellanos, Madrid, posiblemente desde 1784 hasta agosto de 1800; a continuación, con "lo mejor de cuadros pequeños, estampas y dibujos" en su palacete de Gijón. Baltasar Cienfuegos (sobrino y heredero de Jovellanos), Gijón, de 1811 a 1827. Regalada tal vez por los herederos de éste, antes de 1833, a Alonso Fernández Vallín, ilustre jovellanista y Director del Real Instituto Jovellanos. Pasa por herencia a su hijo, Acisclo Melchor Fernández Vallín y Bustillo, Madrid, 1880 (?). Regalado en fecha indeterminada a Eulalia García Rivero, Madrid. Adquirido por el Estado a su propietaria, con destino al Museo del Prado, en noviembre de 1891.

Here, Goya breaks with Baroque tradition, interpreting this typified subject according to the new principles of Neoclassicism. The clothing no longer flies around the figure, but instead adapts to the body in a natural manner.

This delightful and emotive work is a preparatory sketch for the canvas belonging to the main altarpiece of the church of the College of the Order of Calatrava in Salamanca. It was commissioned along with two other paintings by Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos in 1783. All of those works disappeared during the War of Independence (1808-1812). The only witness to that important set of paintings is the present sketch at the Prado Museum, which belonged to Jovellanos, himself.

 
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