The Pilgrimage of San Isidro (1820 – 1823) by Francisco Goya

The Pilgrimage of San Isidro - Francisco Goya - 1820 - 1823

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TitleThe Pilgrimage of San Isidro
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1820 - 1823
Dimensions140 x 438 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About The Pilgrimage of San Isidro

“The Pilgrimage of San Isidro” is an oil on canvas allegorical painting by Francisco Goya, created between 1820 and 1823. This artwork, a part of the Romanticism movement, measures 140 by 438 cm and is currently housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. The grand scale and the genre contribute to its status as a significant piece in Goya’s oeuvre.

The artwork depicts a nocturnal scene crowded with figures, embodying a sense of movement and restlessness. These figures, characterized by a variety of expressions and gestures, appear to be enveloped in a murky atmosphere that contributes to the somber and mysterious vibe of the piece. Upon closer inspection, one can discern the animated faces and contrasting emotions ranging from gaiety to despair. Some figures are shown playing instruments, adding to the dynamic nature of the composition, while others are engaged in conversations or solitary reflection. The background features a desolate landscape that recedes into the darkened sky, augmenting the eerie quality of this enigmatic tableau. With the undefined brushwork and subdued color palette, Goya creates a compelling visual narrative that is open to interpretation, often seen as a social commentary imbued with symbolism, reflecting the tumultuous era in which he lived.

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