Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Ca. 1812 - 1814
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
146 x 200 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguine on laid paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Aug 2021 / 25 May 2023

53 (in black pencil, lower left)

Copper marking


In the Prado Museum has examples of preparatory drawings from all the series of engravings Goya produced throughout his career. Almost all of them, with a few exceptions, come from the collection of Valentín Carderera (1796-1880), whose heir, Mariano Carderera, sold a lot of 284 preparatory drawings to the Prado Museum in 1866. The Prado Museum has 75 of the preparatory drawings for the Disasters of War series, some of which, such as Women Surprised by Soldiers, were never engraved.

Line of provenance: Javier Goya, 1828; Mariano Goya, 1854; Valentín Carderera, ca. 1861; Mariano Carderera, 1880; Prado Museum, 12/11/1886.

Análisis artístico

See Women surprised by soldiers.

The Disasters of War series included, in its depiction of the ravages of the War of Independence, numerous scenes of starvation in Madrid, one of the devastating consequences of the conflict. This Hunger Scene shows a group of at least five people lamenting around a dying man who appears to be lying on the ground. The unfinished nature of the drawing makes it difficult to identify the details of the group, whose members embrace each other and show, through their gestures and gestures, the pain they feel. The two most prominent figures are the two women who are arranged more closely together: on the left, a younger woman, and on the right, what appears to be an old woman wearing a headdress and holding her hands to her face.

  • SÁNCHEZ CANTÓN, Francisco Javier
    Los dibujos de Goya, 2 vols.
    MadridAmigos del Museo del Prado
    s. p., cat. 145
  • HARRIS, Tomás
    OxfordBruno Cassirer
    vol. II, p. 301, cat. 203d
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    p. 276, cat. 1147
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    p. 324 (il.), cat. 237
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