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Phantom dancing with castanets
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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Phantom dancing with castanets

1824 - 1828. Pencil on laid paper. On display elsewhere

Bordeaux Sketchbook [H], sheet 61. Like other modern titles for the drawings in Sketchbook H, which provide a generic gloss of a scene without interpreting Goya’s intended meaning, the title here does not fully capture the sheet’s content: a Carthusian monk dancing with castanets. Almost all traditional Spanish dances, such as flamenco or the jota, were performed to the sound of these instruments of Phoenician origin, used for dancing by the satyrs of classical mythology. These were frenzied, highly sexual dances like the one the monk performs here. Contrary to the title, he is not a phantom, but a visual metaphor for the comfortable, pleasurable, and even wild lifestyle inside the religious houses.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019, p.270 nº180

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Inventory number
D004123
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Phantom dancing with castanets
Date
1824 - 1828
Technique
Pencil
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 191 mm.; Width: 150 mm.
Series
Cuaderno de Burdeos II o Cuaderno H, 61
Provenance
Javier Goya, 1828; Mariano Goya, 1854; Román Garreta y Huerta, c. 1855-60; Museo de la Trinidad, 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. 51, n.385.

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 1818.

Salas, Xavier de, El Arte de Goya, Ministerio de Auntos Exteriores, Tokio, 1971, pp. nº 145.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Los álbumes, 1, Noguer, Barcelona, 1973, pp. 647.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 238.

Stuffmann, Margret, Goya. Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik, Stadelschen Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt Am Main, 1981, pp. 224.

Tonnesson, Kare, Francisco Goya, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, 1996.

Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, Goya Drawings From His Private Albums, Hayward Gallery, Londres, 2001, pp. 204.

Mena Marqués, Manuela B., Goya: prophet der moderne, Dumont, Köln, 2005, pp. 333, nº 155.

Wilson-Bareau, J., 'Drawings connections' En:, Goya: Order & Disorder, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2014, pp. 50-65 [54 n.16].

Payne, E, 'F de Goya. Regocijo (Mirth) (Hispanic Society of America)' En:, Goya. The Witches and Old Women Album, The Courtauld Gallery, Londres, 2015, pp. 86 f.53.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 270 nº180.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 385.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 1818.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. I 473.

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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

El Toro Mariposa
31.10.2007 - 03.02.2008

Goya - Profeta de la Modernidad (Berlín / Viena)
Berlín
12.07.2005 - 03.10.2005

Goya. Drawings from the private albums
Londres
22.02.2001 - 03.05.2001

Francisco de Goya
Oslo
10.02.1996 - 14.04.1996

Location +

Melbourne - National Gallery of Victoria (Temporary Exhibition)

Update date: 27-07-2021 | Registry created on 07-04-2021

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