Worship of the Golden Calf
Lacoma i Sans, Francesc [Barcelona, 1784 - Madrid, 1812]
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 105 x 146 cm
Date: 1802
Generic classification: Paint
General inventari: 370
Location: Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi
Notes:
Provenance: Work made for the competition of a scholarship to study in Rome held in February 1802, in which, among other artists, Miquel Cabanyes also competed with a work with the same title. Came to the Academy's Museum: February 18th 1802. Restauration: Restored by J. M. Xarrié between 30 juny and november in 1980. Exhibitions: Mahó-Madrid, 1802. España entre dos siglos y la devolución de Menorca, 2002-2003, núm. 95. Note: The authorship of this work is only referred to in the Catàleg de 1847. It is identical in subject and dimensions to the nos. 333 and 372, owing to the fact that these were test- works of the Escola de Llotja submitted in 1802 in order to win a travelling scholarship. Five candidates turned in: Cabanyes, Antoni Sanahuja, Lacoma i Sans, Jaume Riera and Gaietà Pont. The work by Cabanyes won the scholarship unanimously and Lacoma's the second prize. However, 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 for the stylistic quality of this painting it is almost certainly by Lacoma (adding to this the fact that being a prizewinning work it is reasonable it remains at the Escola). Comparing this work with that of the allegory of Carles III (inv. no. 329), a documented painting by Lacoma, leaves no doubt regarding which of the three above-mentioned works are closer in style to this latter one. On the other hand, the inferior quality of no. 333 suggests it is by a candidate who was probably not awarded with a prize . A sketch is known (50 x 67), in a private collection in Barcelona, coming from the collection Carreras Argerich (Institut Amatller d’Art Hispànic, pl. E-13111).


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