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Big Booby
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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Big Booby

1815 - 1819. Red wash, Red chalk on ivory laid paper Not on display

A preparatory drawing for Disparates, 4, Big Booby. The big booby was an intellectually challenged giant who danced licentiously to the sound of the castanets at carnivals. In this drawing, he frightens a clergyman who hides behind a manikin or devotional image. In the print (G02172), however, Goya has set the scene at night, discarding the frightened figure’s religious clothing, softening the giant’s face and providing him with his own set of castanets. The terrifying faces on both sides of the giant increase the print’s monstrous character. While interpreting the Disparates is a complex task, we may consider this drawing an expression of irrational fear. Glendinning views it in the context of a confrontation between religion and the carnival, a criticism of popular propriety, the adoration of false idols and the subversion of traditional values. What is probably the mark of the engraving plate and a small amount of black ink with a thick trace of red wash near the bottom edge of the paper may be the result of pressure from the press when the drawing was transferred to the copper plate. (Text from Matilla, J.M.: Bobalicón, in: Goya en tiempos de Guerra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008).

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Inventory number
D004276
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Big Booby
Date
1815 - 1819
Technique
Red wash; Red chalk
Support
Ivory laid paper
Dimension
Height: 244 mm.; Width: 325 mm.
Series
Disparates [dibujo], 4
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Valentín Carderera, Madrid, c. 1861; Mariano Carderera; Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1880; Museo del Prado, 12-11-1886.

Bibliography +

Mayer, August L., Francisco de Goya, Labor, Barcelona, 1925, pp. 231, nº 221.

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 30, nº 188.

Adhémar, J., Goya. Exposition de l'oeuvre gravé, de peintures, de tapisseries et cent dix dessins du Mussé du Prado, Bibliothèque nationale de France, París:, 1935, pp. 45, nº 279.

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Uberwasser, Goya. Gemälde. Zeichnungen. Graphik. Tapisserien, Kunsthalle Basel, Basilea, 1953, pp. 91, nº 124.

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Goya, Electa, Roma, 2000, pp. 118-119, nº 36.

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Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín,, Santander, 2017, pp. 122 n.71.

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Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 188.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1577.

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Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 09-11-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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