Annunciation

about 1785
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)


Catalogue Raisonné

G&W 235; Gu 166

Dimensions

40.3 x 23.2 cm (15 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1988.218

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

This painting, a sketch for a large altarpiece in a monastic chapel in Madrid, gives us a unique glimpse into Goya’s creative process. The quick, fluid brushstrokes demonstrate the rapid technique used for a preliminary study. Many changes were made in the final version: the image of God the Father was omitted, and the positions of the Virgin and the angel Gabriel reversed. The fresh, spring-like colors are characteristic of Goya’s early style; his later works are much more somber.

Provenance

Eduardo Lucas Moreno, Madrid. 1908 until at least 1951, Marques de Casa Torres, Madrid. By 1960 until at least 1964, Wildenstein and Co., London. 1970, private collection, London. Private collection, Barcelona (?). June 29, 1979, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 73, unsold (?). December 11, 1981, anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 67. By 1984, anonymous collector, Boston; 1988, sold by the anonymous collector to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 23, 1988)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund