Inventory number
P00744
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
A Picador
Chronology
Ca. 1795
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
57 cm x 47 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Palacio Real, Madrid, desde donde se trasladó al Museo Real (futuro Museo del Prado), en 1819.

An equestrian portrait of a picador, wearing a short bullfighting suit and hat and carrying a long pike. The background is a landscape with a river.

X-rays of this work show that this picador is painted over an equestrian portrait of Manuel Godoy, who wears the sash of the Order of Carlos III, which he received in 1791, and the three-cornered hat of Commander of the Lifeguards, a title he received when he was named Duke of Alcudia in 1792.

The over-painting, by an unknown hand, dates from around 1808, when Godoy fell from grace.

 
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