- Ca. 1810 - 1812
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 185 x 236 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine on laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 30 Nov 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
49 (lower left-hand corner).
This drawing, just like the set of preparatory drawings made for the other prints in the series, formed part of the Carderera collection before arriving at the Prado Museum, where it is currently housed.
Goya has carefully drawn the naked corpses, precisely capturing the musculature and the postures of the lifeless bodies that occupy the same positions in the preparatory drawing as in the finished print. The two figures in the background, who are looking at this macabre spectacle whilst covering their noses to keep out the smell, also coincide in the two works.
The fundamental difference between the preparatory drawing and the etching resides in the way in which the artist has represented the sky. In the drawing it is much darker, with just a blank space left around the standing figures. The rest of the paper is covered with continuous, thick horizontal lines, suggesting that the scene is taking place in darkness, something which was not carried over to the final print.
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 1978cat. 68
GoyaKoninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van BelgiëBrussels1985consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985cat. D47
Goya en tiempos de guerraMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid2008consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008cat. 102
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970cat. 1021
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975cat. 177