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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

The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid, or “The Executions”
Oil on canvas. 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid, or “The Executions”
Oil on canvas. 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

A depiction of the execution of patriots from Madrid by a firing squad from Napoleon´s army in reprisal for their uprising against the French occupation on the second of May, 1808. The French soldiers are at the right of the composition, with their backs to the viewer. They aim their rifles at the Madrilenes who are to die. The scene´s drama and tension are emphasized by the use of light, which st

The Taking of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Taking of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1798
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

This is a representation of the taking of Christ by Roman soldiers, a scene from the New Testament that marks the beginning of his Passion (Matthew 26, 45-46; Mark 14, 41-52; Luke 22, 45-54; John 18, 1-9). This is a preparatory sketch for the painting that adorns one of the altars at the Sacristy of Toledo Cathedral. Here, Goya´s manner of working is visible: rapid and energetic brushstrokes creat

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