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Tauromaquia, 1816

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Spanish, 1746-1828
Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, drypoint, and burin on laid paper
sheets (var.): 11 7/8 x 16 15/16 in. (30.1625 x 43.02125 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

1st Edition, bound

Goya's images of the Spanish bullfight are full of drama, tension, and violence. The bullfight takes place in an enclosed space, surrounded by rows of transfixed visitors. It offers certain death for the bulls, but also possible death for their human opponents in the ring. Goya's extensive painted and etched images of bullfights are powerful, psychological studies of the conflict between men and animals, and his bulls are often given more nobility than the men who surround them.

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