The forceful Rendón stabs a bull with the pike, from which pass he died in the ring at Madrid, Plate 28 of La Tauromaquia
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The forceful Rendón stabs a bull with the pike, from which pass he died in the ring at Madrid, Plate 28 of La Tauromaquia 1816
Many of the incidents depicted in the print series La Tauromaquia actually happened and involved toreadors and matadors whom Goya would have seen in the ring. The Rendón of the title worked with Pepe Illo, one of the most famous bullfighters in Spain, and the author of a key work on the art of bullfighting. Rendón was one of his ‘picadores’, or lancers on horseback. Here, Goya shows Rendón in the middle of one of his acts of controlling the bull using a spear, while the rest of the company gets into position around it. In this print, Goya pays more detailed attention to the crowd of spectators, even taking care to mark some of their features. Pepe Illo was a legend in the world of bullfighting, and his name attracted crowds in their thousands.

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Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Etching, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. GOYA.140
  • Medium Etching, burin on papershed aquatint and burin on paper
  • Size 25.00 x 35.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980