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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 4, Capean otro en cerrado (Playing another bull with a cape in an enclosure), 1815-1816
Etching and aquatint on paper
7 7/8 x 12 in. (20 x 30.48 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Spanish
Technique: Etching and aquatint
Credit Line: Walter and Elise Mosher Memorial Fund
Accession Number: P98.4.5

Commentary
Here, Goya suggests that the use of the cape was a Moorish invention; this contradicts contemporary legend as the movement shown, the suerte de espaldas, was associated with the flamboyant style of the famed matador of Goya's time, Pepe Illo. Setting the action within a ring, with stands and spectators' heads visible in the background, Goya uses a compositional device that will be further developed in many of the prints that follow.

Catalogue Raisonné
Harris 207.

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 12 in. (20 x 30.48 cm)
  • Plate Dimensions: 9 11/16 x 13 7/8 in. (24.61 x 35.24 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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