Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1808 - 1812
Buenos Aries National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
72 x 99 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
National Museum of Fine Arts, Argentina
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 May 2010 / 14 Apr 2021


Análisis artístico

Thanks to the inscription X.28 that appears on this canvas, it has been possible to identify this work and to attribute it to the artist, together with three others, Bandit Scene, Festivities underneath a Bridge and The Hurricane. This same reference appears in the inventory made by the notary following the death of Josefa Bayeu in 1812.

In the middle of a desolate landscape, a number of bandits open fire on a group of people. Standing out from this second group are two who are wearing white tunics, probably an allusion to their innocence. In the foreground, one of them has their arms flung out in the form of a cross. The other is standing further back and has his arms up in a gesture of surrender, like the protagonist in Third of May 1808. Threatening storm clouds fill the sky apart from in a small area in the centre, directly above the person dressed in white who is crying out for help, where a patch of blue sky is visible. The forces of nature are overwhelmingly predominant in this painting, dwarfing the human figures and ostensibly reducing their importance.

Goya employs another device here in Bandit Scene which we can also see in Third of May 1808 as well as in some of the etchings in the Disasters of War series: the faces of the executioners are hidden from view.

  • Greco, Velázquez, Goya. Spanische Malerei aus deutschen Sammlungen
    Bucerius Kunst Forum
    from May 18th to August 21st 2005. Displayed alto at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresde, September 17th 2005 to January 2nd 2006 and at the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest, January 21st to April 30th 2006
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    p. 203, cat. 164
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 265, cat. 948
  • vol. I, pp. 356 y 357, cat. 611
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 125, cat. 529
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