Francisco de Goya

Stagecoach Hijacking (Asalto a una diligencia)

Stagecoach Hijacking (Asalto a una diligencia)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1786 - 1787
Ubicación
Private collection
Dimensiones
169 x 127 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 May 2010 / 31 Jul 2017
Historia

See The Greasy Pole. After belonging to the Duke of Montellano, this work entered a private collection.

The Duke and Duchess of Osuna paid 3,000 reales for this painting.

Análisis artístico

For the analysis of the whole series, see The Greasy Pole.

Goya's description on his bill read: "2....some thieves who have hijacked a coach, after having overpowered and killed the drivers and an officer, who fought back bravely, prepare to tie up a woman and a man, with its corresponding landscape". The subject of a hijacked coach was depicted by Goya on several occasions. In Spain at the time it was a common occurrence. Many bandits even became hero figures thanks to popular legends, which sang their praises, claiming that they only robbed from the rich. Yriarte mentions a real event related to this scene which happened in the area surrounding the inn of the Espíritu Santo, not far from La Alameda de Osuna.

Goya represents this particular hijacking with a somewhat theatrical, even comical, flourish, with no heroic acts on either side. The bandits have shown no mercy, with two lifeless corpses bleeding onto the road and a third being stabbed at this very moment. With the drivers dead, the man and woman owners of the carriage, kneeling on the ground dressed in majo clothing, plead for their lives. The leafy woodlands framing this scene of pillage and murder take on great importance, as in all the works in the series, with their imposing presence and lush green vegetation.

Exposiciones
  • Exposición y venta de los cuadros, esculturas, grabados y otros objetos artísticos de la Casa Duca
    Palacio de la Industria y de las Artes
    Madrid
    1896
    1896
  • Goya 1900
    Ministerio de Instrucción Pública and Bellas Artes
    Madrid
    1900
    consultant editors Aureliano de Beruete, Alejandro Ferrant, Marqués de Pidal and Ricardo Velázquez. May 1900
  • Spanish paintings
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1920
  • Pinturas de Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1928
    consultant editor Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor. From April to May 1928
  • De Tiépolo à Goya
    Galerie des Beaux-Arts
    Bordeaux
    1956
    consultant editor Gilberte Martin-Méry. From May 7th to July 31st 1956
  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    Madrid
    1961
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    Paris
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Goya and his times
    The Royal Academy of Arts
    London
    1963
    cat. 66
  • Cuadros de la colección del duque de Montellano
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1965
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1983
    consultant editor Enrique Lafuente Ferrari. From April 19th to June 20th 1983
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
Bibliografía
  • Goya, sa vie, son œuvre
    Charles Yriarte
    pp. 83-86
    1867
    Henri Plon
  • Goya. Composiciones y figuras, t.II
    Aureliano de Beruete Y Moret
    pp. 62-63
    t. II
    1917
    edición compendiada por Francisco Javier Sánchez Cantón: Madrid, Blass, 1928
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    vol. I, p. 196, cat. 156
    1928-1950
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 79, 96, cat. 251
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 271, cat. 235
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 101, cat. 189
    1974
    Rizzoli
  • Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    José Camón Aznar
    vol. II, p. 46 y p. 161 (il.)
    1980-1982
    Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
  • Goya en las colecciones madrileñas
    Enrique (comisario) Lafuente Ferrari
    p. 144, cat. 16 y p. 145 (il.)
    1983
    Amigos del Museo del Prado
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor Sayre
    p. 158, cat. 11 y p. 159 (il.)
    1988
    Museo del Prado
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