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Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage

Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage

Artist Francisco Goya
Title Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage
Year 1819-1823
Technique Mural (later converted to canvas)
Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Francisco Goya - Black Paintings - Pilgrimage to St. Isidore's hermitage

Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage

The room downstairs was dominated by two huge paintings (about 4.30 metres wide and 1.40 metres high): The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat and Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage.

St. Isidore is the patron Saint of Madrid. His feast (15 May) is a local holiday. His relics are kept at the Church of St. Andrew (Madrid).

Goya has painted this subject several times. His earlier paintings depicted merry people celebrating the feast of St. Isidore.

Goya - St. Isidore's meadow (detail)

St. Isidore’s meadow (detail)

Goya - The hermitage of St. Isidore

The hermitage of St. Isidore

There is no trace of merriness in Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage, despite the singing of the pilgrims. We see a strange group of people, with grotesque faces, singing, accompanied by a guitar. The joy of the people on the earlier St. Isidore paintings is gone, it has been replaced by gloom, despair, tragedy.

Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage is on display in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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