Francisco de Goya

A Picador (Un garrochista)

Clasificación
A Picador (Un garrochista)
Datos Generales
Cronología
1791 - 1792
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
57 x 47 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Feb 2010 / 24 Sep 2012
Inventario
239 (P00744)
Historia

This work came from the Royal Collection.

Análisis artístico

Whilst the work was undergoing a comprehensive clean in 1987, it was discovered that underneath this portrait of a bullfighting picador there was hidden an equestrian portrait of a young Manuel Godoy (1767-1851). Clearly identifiable are the facial features, the sash of the Order of Charles III, awarded to Godoy in 1791, and the three-cornered hat of Commander of the Lifeguards, a title he received when he was named Duke of Alcudia, in 1792. The artist responsible for the over-painting is not known, but this work may date from around 1808, coinciding with Godoy's fall from grace, which led to several portraits of the royal favourite being destroyed.

The picador, his body shown in profile but his head turned towards the viewer, wears a short bullfighting suit and hat and carries a long pike. He is riding a prancing horse in front of a landscape with a river. In terms of its composition and atmospheric qualities, the work recalls the equestrian portraits painted by Velázquez for the grand hall of the Palace of Buen Retiro in 1630.

Conservación

Restored in 1987.

Exposiciones
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    Paris
    1961
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • El arte de Goya
    Museo de Arte Occidental de Tokio
    Tokyo
    1971
    from 16th 1971 to January 23th 1972. Exhibited also at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, January 29th to March 15th 1972.
  • Goya
    Palacio de Pedralbes
    Barcelona
    1977
    from April 12th to June 30th 1977
  • Panorama de la pintura española desde los Reyes Católicos a Goya
    Palacio del Concejo Deliberante
    Buenos Aires
    1980
    organized by Ministerio de Cultura de España
  • Obras maestras de la pintura española de los siglos XVI al XIX
    Museo Pushkin
    Moscow
    1980
    Exhibited also at the State Hermitage Museum, San Petersburgo
  • Exposición de pintura española
    Belgrade
    1981
  • Goya: toros y toreros
    Espace Van Gogh
    Arles
    1990
    displayed also at Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, consultant editor Pierre Gassier.
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1993
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
Bibliografía
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    p. 96, cat. 255
    1970
    Office du livre
  • Goya, 1746 – 1828. Biografía, estudio analítico y catálogo de sus pinturas, 4 vols.
    José Gudiol
    vol. I, p. 272, cat. 242
    1970
    Polígrafa
  • Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Manuela B. (comisaria) Mena Marqués and Juliet (comisaria) Wilson-Bareau
    pp. 251, 252, 253 (il.), 254 y 255 (il.)
    1993
    Museo del Prado
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Juan J. (comisario) Luna
    pp. 357 y 358, cat. 79
    1996
    Museo del Prado
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