Spanish Collector Pays $735,076 For Goya Sketch

A sketch by Francisco de Goya titled “Apparition of the Virgin of Pilar to Santiago” was auctioned by Christie’s for $735,076 dollars. Many people in Spain were surprised to know that the Historical Heritage department allowed the work to be exported. The Spanish Ministry of Culture considered there were no motives to stop the export. A spokesman for the ministry commented that several institutions were offered the work, including the Royal Academy, but none of them were interested. The PSOE party said this was a scandal, as a very good Goya work should not be exported.

The sketch was not offered to the Museo del Prado. Manuela Mena, responsible of the Goya Collection in El Prado, stated that the sketch that was auctioned in London is “very essential in its technique that allows one to know with great clarity the style of Goya in the beginning of the 1780’s.” Goya painted the work for the altar at the church of Saint Peter in Urrea de Gaén (Teruel).

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