The Prado Museum and the Foundation Friends of Prado Museum, with the assistance of Provincial Father, presented the temporary exhibition of the last communion of St. Josepf Calasanz, a work by Goya that, thanks to the collaboration of our Province Bethany, will remain in the room 66 of the Villanueva building as a loan for one year, extendable for another.

The temporary incorporation of this painting to the collections of the Museum acquires a special importance, because it takes place coinciding with the celebration of the two hundred years since it opened its doors in 1819, the same year in which the work was painted.

Its display in the context of the largest and most complete collection of the artist allows you to delve into the essence of his painting, and art in general, revealing a deep and exceptional knowledge of the human being and its tensions, tears and suffering.

Goya manifests everything in this great canvas of altar, with the study of each of the characters in the scene, which seem to prefigure a classic theme of the Western world, as it is the study of the three ages of man, or the gentleness against the violence, or that of the light and the shadow as a metaphor for the acts and thoughts of the protagonists.

The work is part of the collection of the Bethany Pious Schools and can be visited at




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