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The Annunciation

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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...

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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

about 1785

Catalogue Raisonné

GW: 0235


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

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas