Fresco in Alagón (Zaragoza)

24 miles outside Zaragoza, in the village of Alagón, a mural of Goya's can be found in the old College of the Jesuits, now a Casa de Cultura. He painted the fresco in 1765-66. It covers the vault of the interior staircase and represents the Exaltation of the Name of Jesus (3.50 x 2.50) In the centre appears the anagram of Jesus which is also the symbol of the Society of Jesus (JHS), surrounded by cherubim floating in a cloud of Glory. The composition is simple and of great beauty, and demonstrates that Goya, despite his youth (he was19 years) already showed a technical and artisitic ability that was already considerable. The work clearly shows the direct influences of his second master, Francisco Bayeu, under whose direction he prepared the sketches; the indirect influence of Corrado Giaquinto can also be seen.

Arturo Ansón

Exaltation of the Name of Jesus

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