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Man Killing a Monk or an Old Woman
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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Man Killing a Monk or an Old Woman

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

Bordeaux Sketchbook [H], sheet 34. Like a picador in a bullfight, a man gripped by fury straddles the back of a monk or an old woman in order to plunge a dagger into his/her neck. As an iconographic reference to the martyrdom of the elderly Saint Apollonia, whose teeth were torn out, the pincers lying at the prone figure’s feet may explain the motive for the crime. In line with the grotesque humor that Goya introduced into his Bordeaux drawings, however, the scene could also illustrate revenge against a teeth-puller, a topical issue due to their cruelty and lack of training. Finally, an extremely violent bandit nicknamed "El Tenazas" (Pincers), who was condemned to death in 1795, lived near Seville at this time.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.267 nº 177

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Technical data

Inventory number
D004140
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Man Killing a Monk or an Old Woman
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Black chalk; Lithographic crayon
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 191 mm; Width: 153 mm
Series
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 34
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Federico de Madrazo y/o 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.403.

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 1796.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 641.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. nº 185.

Lemoine-Isabeau, C., Cartographie Belge dans les Collections Espagnoles XVI-XVIII siècles, Credit Communal, Bruselas, 1985, pp. 221.

Seipel, Wilfried, Francisco de Goya 1746-1828 : Prophet Der Moderne, Dumont Literatur Und Kunst Verlag, Köln, 2005, pp. 330, nº 152.

Brown, Jonathan, Goya´s last works, The Frick Collection, Nueva York, 2006.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 267 nº 177.

Filigree +

Motive: Corazón con un trébol y variante del escudo de Ámsterdam con una cruz de san Andrés (mitad inferior)
Height: 40 mm
Width: 79 mm
Varios fabricantes franceses emplearon la filigrana del escudo de Ámsterdam en su variante con una cruz de San Andrés. Entre ellos, los papeleros de la dinastía Jardiel, de la comarca del Périgord, o los Bouygar, de Burdeos, cuya filigrana tenía además un gran corazón sobre el escudo.

Bibliography
Churchill, William Algernon, Watermarks in paper, in Holland, England, France, etc., in the XVII and XVIII centuries and their interconnection, B. De Graaf, Nieuwkoop, 1985, pp. n. 72 [D. Jardel, año 1780].

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 403.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1796.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 450.

Inscriptions +

Goya
Signed. Front, lower left area

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

153
Inscribed in pencil. Front, lower right corner

31 [corregido a "34" o "39"]
Inscribed with black pencil. Front, upper right area

403
Inscribed in pencil. Back, Secondary support

403
Inscribed in pencil. Lower area, Back, Secondary support

Exhibitions +

Goya: Dibujos del Museo del Prado. Melbourne
Melbourne
25.06.2021 - 03.10.2021

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

Aún aprendo: Goya's Last Works
Nueva York NY
10.02.2006 - 14.05.2006

Goya - Profeta de la Modernidad (Berlín / Viena)
Viena
18.10.2005 - 29.01.2006

Update date: 23-11-2021 | Registry created on 16-07-2021

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