Worship of the Golden Calf
Cabanyes, Miquel (atribuït) [?, c. 1775 - ?, d.1814]
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 106 x 146 cm
Date: 1802
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 372
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Provenance: Work submitted for the competition of a scholarship to study in Rome held in february 1802 in which, among other artists, Francesc Lacoma i Sans also competed with a work with the same title. Came to the Academy's Museum: February 18th 1802. Bibliography: MARÈS 1964, p. 62; ALCOLEA [GIL], vol. II, p. 42; HISTÒRIA BARCELONA 5, p. 41 (reprod.). CATÀLEG [1833], sala 2ª, núm. 19 o 20 (?) (no author); CATÀLEG 1837, Pint. núm. 35 o 40 (?) (unknown author); CATÀLEG 1847, núm. 296; INVENTARI 1851, núm. 296; CATÀLEG 1913, núm. 303 (no author); CATÀLEG 1999, p. 29-30. Note: The artist's name is only referred to in the Catàleg de 1847. The work is identical in subject and size to the nos. 333 and 377. The reason for this is that these were test- works submitted in 1802 in order to win a scholarship. Five candidates turned in: Cabanyes, Antoni Sanahuja, Lacoma i Sans, Jaume Riera and Gaietà Pont. The work by Cabanyes won the scholarship unanimously but on August 5th the Supreme Board changed its veredict in favour of the work submitted by Francesc Lacoma i Sans (although Cabanyes also ended up receiving finantial aid to study in Rome). It is not recorded to which artist does each of the three works in the Museum correspond, though the stylistic quality of no. 370 suggests it is by Lacoma i Sans, and the inferior quality of no. 333 suggests the candidate was probably not awarded with a prize .Thus this present work is almost certainly by Cabanyes and being a prizewinning work, it is reasonable it remains at the Escola.
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