GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
(b. 1746, Fuendetodos, d. 1828, Bordeaux)

Christ on the Mount of Olives

Oil on panel, 47 x 35 cm
Escuelas Pías de San Antón, Madrid

Goya presented the 'Pious Schools' with another small panel depicting Christ, alone and wracked with doubt, shortly before his arrest. It is a pendant to the large altarpiece (The Last Communion of St Joseph of Calasanz) in which the artist celebrates trust and security.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 14 minutes):
Ludwig van Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives, op. 85, Introduction and Jesus' aria