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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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Hidden Treasure

1824 - 1828. Black chalk, Lithographic crayon on laid paper. Not on display

Bordeaux Sketchbook [H], sheet 6. Goya constructed his drawings with minimal spatial references and summary descriptions of objects that help to define the subject, but occasionally their schematic nature hinders interpretation. This is the case with the present image of a man whose bare feet and short, unkempt hair suggest he is a peasant, although he may be a bandit. Leaning forward, he seems to be counting coins, some fallen on the ground, from the money bags beside him. Behind him is a staff or a blunderbuss; depending on which, the meaning of the scene is quite different. The man’s glee could thus be the result of a casual find or the spoils of criminal activities.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.260 nº170


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Hidden Treasure
1824 - 1828
Black chalk; Lithographic crayon
Laid paper
Height: 191 mm.; Width: 157 mm.
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 6
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Federico de Madrazo and/or Román Garreta, Madrid, c. 1855-1860; Museo de la Trinidad, Madrid, 5-4-1866; Museo del Prado, 1872.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 53, n.406.

Gassier, Pierre y Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 1769.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 634-635.

Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Goya Drawings From His Private Albums, Hayward Gallery, Londres, 2001, pp. 201.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 260 nº170.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 406.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1769.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 423.

Inscriptions +

Signed. Front, Lower right area

[Fragmento del sello de la Dirección del Museo Nacional de Pinturas, Museo de la Trinidad]
Printmaking. Front, upper area

Front, Lower right area

Inscribed in pencil. Front, upper right corner

Inscribed in pen and black ink. Upper right area, Back, Secondary support

Lower area, Back, Secondary support


Exhibitions +

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Goya. Drawings from the private albums
22.02.2001 - 03.05.2001

Update date: 28-08-2021 | Registry created on 16-07-2021

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