Thursday, September 15, 2016

24 Personalities Revealed in "Pilgrimage to San Isidro" by Francisco De Goya

Main characters of the 1808 revelry depicted in the “Pilgrimage of San Isidro”painting by Francisco de Goya of 1820-1824. Napoleon Bonaparte is the central figure. Photo: Mariano Candial.
SPAIN---In Chapter 1, Antonio Muñoz-Casayús discovers the likeness of Napoleon Bonaparte in "The Pilgrimage of San Isidro". The painting is one of 14 +1(*) "Black Paintings" he painted in a farm house outside Madrid just before he exiles himself to France. The farm house is a grand “Time Capsule” containing works of art with hidden messages that are only now revealing themselves to the world! Goya caricaturized these personalities in order to hide their true identities from the authorities of the time and to avoid prison or forced exile. This is the second of a series of articles prepared by the researcher, Antonio Muñoz-Casayús related to his discoveries and observations of Francisco De Goya’s painting, “The Pilgrimage of San Isidro”. [link]

"Pilgrimage of San Isidro" by Goya at Prada
Detail of painting