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The Coming of our Lady of the Pillar to Zaragoza

The Coming of our Lady of the Pillar to Zaragoza

Technical details

  • Author José Luzán
  • Title The Coming of our Lady of the Pillar to Zaragoza
  • Timeline c. 1765
  • Technique Oil on canvas


Coming of the Virgin to Saragossa is a painting characteristic of the style employed by José Luzán, first master to Francisco Bayeu and Goya. With pleasant colouring and gentle Rococo-style execution, Luzán represented the Virgin Mary seated on a cloud in a luminous burst of glory as she is being carried by the angels from Jerusalem to Zaragoza, in mortal flesh as according to tradition, on 2 January AD 40, to appear before the Apostle James the Greater and the first seven converts to Christianity. Two young angels carry the holy pillar that she left to apostle as a sign of her support and encouragement as he was beginning to preach Christianity in what is now Spain. Rays of light pierce the night and illuminate the waters of the River Ebro.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 2 Goya Hall