The Annunciation 1785

Francisco Goya
Keywords: Annunciation1785

Work Overview

The Annunciation
Francisco Goya
Original Title: La Anunciación
Date: c.1785
Style: Romanticism
Genre: religious painting
Media: oil, canvas
Dimensions: 40.3 x 23.2 cm (15 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.)
Location: Private Collection

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.

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)