a woman standing on the back of a white horse, which is standing on a tight rope; woman has one foot on the horse's saddle and the other on the horse's neck; dark background with the impression of a crowd across the center

Disparate: Una Reina del Circo, c. 1820

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In this circus act, a woman balances on the back of a horse, which in turn balances on a slack rope. The Spanish expression, “bailando en una cuerda floja” [Dancing on a slack rope] is similar to the English expression “skating on thin ice.” We don’t know if Goya had anyone specific in mind when he made this image of a precarious situation.

Details
Title
Disparate: Una Reina del Circo
Artist Life
1746–1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.133.9
Provenance
John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn. (until d. 2012); by descent to his daughter Catherine Andrus, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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a woman standing on the back of a white horse, which is standing on a tight rope; woman has one foot on the horse's saddle and the other on the horse's neck; dark background with the impression of a crowd across the center