Francisco de Goya

Misfortunes that occurred in the bullring of Madrid and the death of the mayor of Torrejón (preparatory drawing).

Clasificación
Misfortunes that occurred in the bullring of Madrid and the death of the mayor of Torrejón (preparatory drawing).
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1814 - 1816
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
185 x 302 mm
Técnica y soporte
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
02 Oct 2021 / 15 May 2023
Inventario
(D4308)
Inscripciones

16 (in pencil, lower left corner)

Historia

 See How the ancient Spaniards hunted bulls on horseback in the countryside.

This preparatory drawing passed by inheritance in 1828 to Javier Goya, the painter's son, and in 1854 to Mariano Goya y Goicoechea, the artist's grandson. It was subsequently owned by Valentín Carderera (ca. 1861) and Mariano Carderera (1880). In 1886 it was acquired from Mariano Carderera, along with many other drawings by Goya, including almost all the preparatory studies for the Bullfight, by the Directorate General of Public Instruction, and was assigned to the Prado Museum, where it entered on 12 November 1886.

Análisis artístico

 See How the ancient Spaniards hunted bulls on horseback in the countryside.

Preparatory drawing of the print Misfortunes that occurred in the bullring of Madrid and the death of the mayor of Torrejón, which is still very different from the same one. In this case we see a large number of slightly sketched figures in the lower half of the scene, which occupies its entire width, while on the right the bull appears in profile with the mayor of Torrejón on its horns. Behind the bull a group of figures can be seen crowding together in the upper right-hand corner.

Finally, in completing the engraving, Goya introduced numerous modifications in the composition with respect to what was envisaged in this preparatory study. Thus, all the figures on the left are replaced by the empty stands, with the audience concentrated on the right, although the group behind the bull is eliminated, a bull which is practically the only element in the drawing that remains almost unchanged in the print.

In this drawing, Goya's intention was still simply to capture the tumult in the bullring and the moment of tension generated by the bull's bursting into the stalls, causing the crowds of people to flee and fall.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. Gemälde Zeichnungen. Graphik. Tapisserien
    Kunsthalle Basel
    Basle
    1953
    from January 23th to April 12th 1953
  • Boston
    1974
  • 1975
  • Los dibujos de Goya
    Museo Provincial de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1978
    exhibition organized by Museo Provincial de Zaragoza, Ministerio de Cultura and Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, exhibition guide written by Miguel Beltrán Lloris and Micaela Pérez Sáenz. October 1978
  • Goya (1746-1828). Peintures-Dessins-Gravures
    Centre Cultural du Marais
    París
    1979
    consultant editors Jacqueline et Maurice Guillard
  • Goya: Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik
    Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstintitut
    Frankfurt
    1981
    from February 13th to April 5th 1981
  • Brussels
    1985
  • Madrid
    1989
  • Madrid
    2002
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
  • Goya: Luces y Sombras. Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado
    The National Museum of Western Art
    Tokyo
    2011
  • Barcelona
    2012
  • Santander
    2017
  • Madrid
    2019
  • New York
    2021
Bibliografía
  • LAFUENTE FERRARI, Enrique
    1946
    pp. 177-216, espec. p. 200
  • SÁNCHEZ CANTÓN. Francisco Javier
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1954
    n. 174
  • GLENDINNING, Nigel
    1961
    pp. 120-127
  • LAFUENTE FERRARI, Enrique
    ParísLe Club Français du Livre
    1963
    p.103
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    p. 278, cat. 1193
  • LAFUENTE FERRARI, Enrique
    Barcelona
    1974
    p. 16
  • SAYRE, Eleanor
    The Changing image: Prints by Francisco Goya
    BostonMuseum of Fine Arts
    1974
    pp. 230-231, cat. 183
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    BarcelonaNoguer
    1975
    pp. 376-377, cat. 263
  • LAFUENTE FERRARI, Enrique
    El mundo de Goya en sus dibujos
    MadridUrbión
    1979
    pp. 198-199
  • MATILLA, José Manuel y MEDRANO, José Miguel
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2001
    pp. 76-78
  • MATILLA, José Manuel
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado y Ediciones El Viso
    2008
    pp. 432-434, cat. 154-155
  • MATILLA, José Manuel y MENA, Manuela B. (comisarios)
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2019
    pp. 308-309
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