Work that represents the founder of the Society of Jesus, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, half length, turned and looking at the viewer. He wears the habit of the order and in his hands he carries a book with an inscription: "AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM" (To the greater glory of God). In addition, the Company's anagram appears in the upper right-hand corner. Goya represented him with great expressiveness in his eyes, in a realistic way, as if he were "the portrait of the saint", as indicated by José Camón Aznar, who unveiled the work in 1979. In addition, the way of painting the saint without a beard is removed from the usual representations since his canonization in 1622. It seems that Goya must have painted this work just before leaving Zaragoza or in the first moments of his stay at the Court, and it has traditionally been accepted that it was a commission for Juan Ignacio Ezcurra (1750-1827), due to the coincidence with his name and because of having remained with their heirs until the 70s of the 20th century. This work, made after Goya's training period in Italy, already shows the painter's mastery, mainly in the depth of the saint's gaze, his expressiveness and emotionality; the way of lighting it, highlighting the halo of holiness on the abstract background; and the construction based on safe brush strokes, the use of glazes and color.
Origin: -Juan Ignacio Ezcurra (1750-1827), Encarnación Ezcurra, Gregoria Rosas Ezcurra -Christie's London, 1976 -Private collection, Madrid, 1979 -Private collection, Zaragoza Exhibitions: - "Young Goya (1746 - 1776) and his environment", Museo Instituto Camón y Aznar. Zaragoza, 1986. Reproduced in the reasoned catalog made by José Rogelio Buendía. p. 92, L.XXVII - “Goya and Zaragoza (1746 - 1775). Its Aragonese roots ”. Goya Museum. Ibercaja Collection: Social Work of Ibercaja and the Government of Aragon through the Goya Foundation in Aragon, with the special collaboration of the Museo Nacional del Prado, February - June, 2015 - "San Ignacio de Loyola by Francisco de Goya". Museum of Fine Arts of Murcia, 2015 Bibliography: -Camón Aznar, J., "New contributions to Goya's work", Goya, 148-150, 1979, p. 201-205 -Camón Aznar, J., "Francisco de Goya" V.II, Zaragoza, 1982, p. 54 -Buendía, J. R., "Young Goya (1746 - 1776) and his environment", Museo Instituto Camón y Aznar Zaragoza, 1986, plate 27 (reproduced) -Morales y Marín, J.L., "Goya religious painter". General Council of Aragon, Zaragoza, 1990. -Morales y Marín, J.L., "Goya. Reasoned Catalog", Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Luis de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, 1994. p. 207-208. -Rincón García, W., and Morales y Marín, J.L., "Goya in the Aragonese collections", Ed. Moncayo, Zaragoza, 1995 -VV.AA., “Goya and Zaragoza (1746 - 1775). Its Aragonese roots ”. Exhibition catalog with Manuela Mena as scientific advisor. Goya Museum. Ibercaja Collection, Page 156, nº 24.