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Love and Death
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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Love and Death

1797 - 1798. Red wash, Red chalk on silk paper.
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Preliminary drawing for Capricho 10. Goya used this drawing when devising Capricho 10, Love and Death. A griefstricken woman cradles the body of her lover, who has been mortally wounded in a duel, as indicated by the sword on the ground by his hat. For some of the Caprichos, Goya copied the composition onto thin, transparent paper and added the effects of light and shadow with wash. The paper’s transparency allowed him to analyze the process of reversing the image on the copperplate and obtain a guide for making the print. The manuscript commentaries on Capricho 10 relate it to the plays of Pedro Calderón de la Barca whose plots revolve around the defense of honor. Underlying this, however, is Goya’s condemnation of dueling and the jealousy that engenders chaotic, destructive passions.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.136 nº 65


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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Love and Death
1797 - 1798
Red wash; Red chalk
Silk paper
Height: 206 mm; Width: 145 mm
Caprichos [dibujo], 10
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Valentín Carderera, Madrid, c. 1861; Mariano Carderera, Madrid, 1880; Museo del Prado, 1886.

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, Francisco Javier, Sala de los dibujos de Goya, II, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1928, pp. 19, n.93.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 111.

Sayre, Eleanor A., The Changing Image. Prints by Francisco Goya, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1974, pp. nº93.

Blas, J., Matilla, J.M., Medrano, J.M., El Libro de los Caprichos: dos siglos de interpretaciones 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional de Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 97.

Veiga, Margarida, Os Caprichos de Goya. Desenhos e Gravuras do Museu do Prado e da Calcografia Nacional de Espanha, Fundaçao Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, 2001, pp. 62-65.

Matilla, José Manuel, Estampas españolas de la Guerra de la Independencia: propaganda, conmemoración y testimonio, Universidad de Salamanca, 2008.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 136 nº 65.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. II 74.

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 93.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 471.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in pencil. Front, lower left corner

Exhibitions +

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

Francisco de Goya. El proceso creativo de los Caprichos
11.10.2001 - 31.12.2001

Goya: la década de los Caprichos
26.10.1992 - 10.01.1993

Update date: 22-11-2021 | Registry created on 31-03-2021

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