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La Tauromaquia, 1st edition, plate 1, Modo con que los antiguos españoles cazaban los toros á caballo en el campo (How the original Spanish inhabitants hunted bulls on horseback in the wild)

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Francisco de Goya (aka Francisco de Goya y Lucientes)

(Fuendetodos, Spain, March 30, 1746 - April 16, 1828, Bordeaux, France)

La Tauromaquia, 1st edition, plate 1, Modo con que los antiguos españoles cazaban los toros á caballo en el campo (How the original Spanish inhabitants hunted bulls on horseback in the wild), 1815-1816
Etching and aquatint on paper
8 5/16 x 12 1/8 in. (21.11 x 30.8 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P98.4.2

Commentary
The early prints of the Tauromaquia present stages in the historical development of the bullfight. For imagery and titles, Goya relied heavily upon a brief history written by poet Don Nicolas Fernandez de Moratin and published in Madrid in 1777. Here, Goya shows early Spaniards, dressed in furs, attacking a bull in the wild.

Dimensions
Plate: 9 3/4 x 13 3/4.

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