- Ca. 1814 - 1820
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 148 x 206 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sanguine on laid paper
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 02 Dec 2010 / 14 Apr 2021
- (D. 4246)
16 (on the lower left-hand corner).
This drawing, along with the set of preparatory drawing for the rest of the prints in this series, formed part of the Carderera Collection and was subsequently acquired by the Prado Museum where it is currently housed.
The preparatory drawing for the print Mob (Populacho) is a precise, detailed work in which Goya already has a firm idea of the postures of the two figures in the foreground who are beating a third figure - a man who may be dead or alive - since the artist maintains those postures in the final print. He also maintains the crowd that witnesses the macabre scene in the final print. Likewise, in the drawing Goya sketches the body or corpse of the victim of the brutal beating delicately but in great detail, achieving the same effect in the print.
Despite the numerous similarities between the print and the preparatory drawing there are some differences, such as the building in the background, which is placed higher up in the drawing and has more windows, as well as in the two figures beating the man: in the print they are notably darker, depicted with more shadows to accentuate their sinister nature.
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. 70
GoyaKoninklijke Musea Voor Schone Kunsten Van BelgiëBrussels1985consultant editor Luis González Seara. From October 26th to December 22nd 1985cat. D45
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970cat. 1041
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975cat. 187