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Goya’s canvas does not find a buyer at the auction in the Alcalá room

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The painting “Appearance of the Virgin to Pilar before the Apostle Santiago and his disciples”, the work of Francisco de Goya and described as non-exportable, has none in the auction that the Alcalá room in Madrid held this Thursday with a start Buyer found price of two million euros.

It is a large format canvas (107 x 80 cm) that was part of the old Rosillo collection and, by descent, to what is now the private collection in Madrid, and has a starting price of two million euros.

It is a perfectly documented work that the Marquis of Lozoya made known as early as 1951 in his article “Two Unpublished Goyas on Religious Subjects”. The piece was featured in the 2012 Royal Palace exhibition Goya and the Infante Don Luis the Exile and the Kingdom. Art and Science at the time of the Spanish Enlightenment”.

It was then on loan from 2013 to 2018 as part of the permanent exhibition at the Goya Museum in Zaragoza.

Goya was an avant-garde artist, always looking for new ways of expression. He traveled to Italy, where he was able to study the masterpieces of Classical and Baroque art, and returned to Zaragoza in 1771, where he was commissioned to decorate the vault of the Coreto del Pilar Adoración del Nombre de Dios. , 1772.

After this commission he gained the reputation that brought him further painting commissions, such as the cycle dedicated to the life of the Virgin Mary for the church of the Cartuja de Aula Dei in Zaragoza.

His trips to Madrid and his important leap to the Madrid court are also known from this period. The 29-year-old young man from Fuentedetodos is summoned to the court of Madrid by Antón Rafael Mengs, the first chamber painter of Carlos III.


From a technical and chromatic point of view, based on lively and luminous tones, we can associate this work with the cartoons with hunting and fishing motifs for the tapestries destined to decorate the dining room of the princes of Asturias in the royal palace of San decorate Lorenzo del Escorial in 1775.

The subject of the Virgen del Pilar was chosen by Goya on several occasions. There is a pencil drawing of one of the pages of the Italian notebook (f.134r) and a small canvas, 56 x 42 cm, which he painted about 1771-1775 and is kept in the Zaragoza Museum.

The good state of preservation of the work deserves special mention. The restoration work was carried out in the workshop of the Prado Museum just before the exhibition in the Royal Palace of Madrid. The work cannot be exported.

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