Inventory number
P02783
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Saint Isidore's Day at the Saint's Hermitage
Chronology
1787-1788
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
41,8 cm x 43,8 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado en la primavera de 1788. Vendido a los duques de Osuna en 1799, palacete de La Alameda, Madrid. Venta Osuna, Madrid 1896, adquirido por Pedro Fernández Durán, quien lo legó al Museo del Prado, donde ingresó a su muerte, en 1931.

During the fiesta of Saint Isidore, patron saint of Madrid, on 15 May, the city dwellers visit his hermitage to drink the water from a miraculous spring that, according to tradition, the saint caused to flow. In the foreground, a group of majas waits for their companions to bring them water. In the background, the crowd waits in line for access to the spring, beneath the imposing architectural mass of the hermitage. They are observed by two Guardias de Corps who are among them, recognizable by their uniforms.

A companion to St. Isidore's Meadow (P750), this work is a preparatory sketch for a cartoon for one of the tapestries intended for the Infantas' bedroom at the El Pardo Palace. The cartoon was never finished, but the sketch reveals Goya's skill at giving the figures a characteristic dynamism and an elegant presence that is not overshadowed by the majestic chapel, despite their diminutive size.

 
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