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The 2nd of May 1808 in Madrid or “The Fight against the Mamelukes”
Oil on canvas. 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The 2nd of May 1808 in Madrid or “The Fight against the Mamelukes”
Oil on canvas. 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

In 1814, Goya addressed the reagent, Cardinal Luis de Bourbon, offering to make works commemorating events from the War of Independence (1808-1812): "to perpetuate, with a paintbrush, the most notable and heroic actions or scenes of our glorious uprising against the tyrant of Europe". The present work depicts the popular riot of 2 May, 1808, when the people of Madrid attacked the Mamelukes —Turkis

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