- Ca. 1810 - 1815
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 155 x 121 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Sepia wash and sanguine
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Undisputed work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 20 Jun 2012 / 14 Apr 2021
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.
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.
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.
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. 61
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid1988from 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. Sayrecat. 96
Goya en tiempos de guerraMuseo Nacional del PradoMadrid2008consultant editor Manuela B. Mena Marqués, from April 14th to July 13th 2008cat. 121
Vie et ouvre de Francisco de GoyaParísOffice du livre1970cat. 991
Dibujos de Goya, 2 volsBarcelonaNoguer1975cat. 165
Goya y el espíritu de la IlustraciónMadridMuseo del Prado1988cat. 96