(Fuendetodos, Spain, March 30, 1746 - April 16, 1828, Bordeaux, France)
La Tauromaquia, 1st edition, plate 22, Valor varonil de la célebre Pajuelera en la plaza de Zaragoza (Manly display of courage by the famous Pajuelera in the ring at Zaragoza),
Etching and aquatint on paper
8 1/8 x 12 in. (20.64 x 30.48 cm)
Etching and aquatint
Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Returning to his documentation of legendary moments in the history of the bullfight, Goya depicts an uncommon sight: a female matador. Nicolasa Escamilla was renowned in Goya's youth in Zaragoza as La Pajuelera, a nickname derived from the fact that she was a vendor of Pajuelas, or sulphur -tipped matches. In preparatory drawing for this etching, Goya shows her with more feminine features and attire, and this is probably not a reliable portrait. Nonetheless, the artist clearly admired her confidence and control of the bull.
Plate: 9 13/16 x 13 13/16.
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