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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 33, La desgraciada muerte de Pepe Illo en la plaza de Madrid (The terrible death of Pepe Illo in the ring at Madrid), 1815-1816
Etching and aquatint on paper
7 7/8 x 12 1/16 in. (20 x 30.64 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P98.4.34

It is significant that Goya ends the Tauromaquia with an image of the death of the famed Pepe Illo who was gored and then carried around the ring on the horns of the bull while picadors tried in vain to distract the animal. The stark, dramatically lit image keeps the focus on the tragedy and reminds us that the ultimate result of the tauromaquia is always death.

Catalogue Raisonné
Harris 236.

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 12 1/16 in. (20 x 30.64 cm)
  • Plate Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (24.45 x 35.24 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 9/16 x 15 3/16 in. (26.83 x 38.58 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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