- 1815 - 1819
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 244 x 354 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Aug 2021 / 13 Apr 2023
2 (in pencil, bottom left -hand corner)
1 (in pencil, reverse, centre)
192 (in pencil, reverse, bottom)
49 (in pencil, reverse side, bottom)
9 (in pencil, reverse, top)
Watermark: "MANUEL SERRA" (right half)
The drawing was inherited in 1828 by Javier Goya, the painter's son, and in 1854 by Mariano Goya y Goicoechea, the artist's grandson. It was subsequently owned by Valentín Carderera (ca. 1861) and Mariano Carderera (ca. 1880). In 1886 it was acquired from Mariano Carderera by the Directorate General of Public Instruction and was assigned to the Prado Museum, where it entered on 12 November 1886.
Preparatory drawing for Cruel Folly. It presents many differences with respect to the composition of the print.
The man advancing with a club and attacking a man in a fury is depicted here wearing a headscarf and armed with a rifle or musket. In the background is a sentry box, which Gassier interprets as a sentry chasing away a group of beggars. In turn, the fallen man is not under his legs but in the centre of the composition, assisted by the rest of the figures, some of whom, however, are in the same pose as in the engraving, such as the one with his back turned and the one with his legs open. The background with the ruined wall or rampart is not yet present, with only the sentry box and a shadow suggesting a mound.
The drama in the print is greater than in this sketch, as in it the main action has been brought to the foreground, leaving behind the middle ground of the preparatory drawing. This greater drama is also achieved by depicting the climax of the action, as the drawing depicts the moment after the attack.
Goya. Gemälde Zeichnungen. Graphik. TapisserienKunsthalle BaselBasle1953from January 23th to April 12th 1953
Los dibujos de GoyaMuseo Provincial de ZaragozaZaragoza1978exhibition 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
GoyaGalleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica di Palazzo BarberiniRoma2000consultant editors Lorenza Mochi Onori and Claudio Strinati. From March 18th to June 18th 2000
Goya: Order and disorderMuseum of Fine ArtsBoston2014cat. 177
Los dibujos de Goya, 2 vols.MadridAmigos del Museo del Prado1954cat. 385
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970p. 325, cat. 1580
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975pp. 440-441, cat. 294
Roma Edizioni de Luca2000pp. 122-123, cat. 38
MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado2008pp. 478-479, cat. 177
Goya: Order & DisorderBostonMuseum of Fine Arts Boston Publications2014pp. 266-267
MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado2019p. 325