Francisco de Goya

If he is guilty, let him die quickly (Si es delincuente q.e muera presto)

Clasificación
If he is guilty, let him die quickly (Si es delincuente q.e muera presto)
Datos Generales
Cronología
Ca. 1810 - 1815
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
155 x 121 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sepia wash and sanguine
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Jun 2012 / 01 Aug 2012
Historia

See The Blind Guitarrist.

This work belonged to Javier Goya and then to his son, Mariano Goya. It later entered the Valentín Carderera Collection before finally reaching the Prado Museum.

Análisis artístico

There are no major differences between this drawing, which is the other way round to the finished work, and the print. In it we see the prisoner, in profile, secured to the wall by a chain around his neck and by shackles round his feet. He is dressed in ragged clothes and his head has fallen forward, hiding his face behind his hair.

Goya has described his surroundings only superficially, in less detail than in some of his other preparatory drawings, although it does seem that he already had a very clear idea of how the finished work would look even at this early stage.

Conservación

There are smudges of sanguine on the reverse, around the edge of the drawing. This tends to happen when the printmakers trace the drawing onto the copperplate.

Exposiciones
  • Los dibujos de Goya
    Museo Provincial de Zaragoza
    Zaragoza
    1978
    exhibition 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 1978
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1988
    from October 6th to December 18th 1988. Exhibited also at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, January 18th to March 26th 1989; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nueva York, May 9th to July 16th 1989, Madrid curator Manuela B. Mena Marqués, scientific directors Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor A. Sayre
  • Goya en tiempos de guerra
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2008
    consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    cat. 991
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    Pierre Gassier
    cat. 165
    1975
    Noguer
  • Goya y el espíritu de la Ilustración
    Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Eleanor Sayre
    cat. 96
    1988
    Museo del Prado
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