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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 10, Carlos V lanceando un toro en la plaza de Valladolid (Charles V spearing a bull in the ring at Valladolid), 1815-1816
Etching and aquatint on paper
8 3/16 x 12 1/16 in. (20.8 x 30.64 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P98.4.11

Commentary
This image, based on Moratin's text, records the day in 1527 when Hapsburg king Charles V (1500-58) killed a bull in the city of Valladolid with a single thrust of the lance in celebration of the birth of his son Phillip II. The king on horseback and the bull are presented as a single triangular mass centered against an abstract background. The dramatic, diagonal fall of light romanticizes the image and suggests Goya's admiration for the king's virtuosity.

Catalogue Raisonné
Harris 213.

Marks
Watermark: "SERRA"

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 8 3/16 x 12 1/16 in. (20.8 x 30.64 cm)
  • Plate Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 13 11/16 in. (24.77 x 34.77 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 9/16 x 15 1/8 in. (26.83 x 38.42 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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