- Ca. 1814 - 1816
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 161 x 285 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 01 Oct 2021 / 22 Jun 2023
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.
Preparatory drawing of the printThe same one overturns a bull in the bullring of Madrid. It features elements that Goya did not introduce in the final engraving. Except for the main group, consisting of Martincho and the bull, the rest of the composition was almost completely transformed when it was transferred to the engraving. In fact, of all the secondary characters seen in the drawing, only the couple on the right will remain in the print.
In this case, the action takes place in a defined place, as there are spatial references that allow us to intuit that it is a bullring, elements that Goya did not include in the engraving, leaving the scene without spatial references.
The most elaborate part of the drawing corresponds to the main group, with the bull standing out for its posture and movement. The rest of the scene is very abbreviated, resolved with rapid strokes that Goya must have considered unnecessary in the end, as he did not transfer them to the plate.
The drawing was pasted to a second laid paper belonging to a French army record book in Spain.
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