bull at left being speared through its upper back and PR shoulder by a man on horseback at right, wearing a costume with cape and feathered hat and carrying a sword on his PL hip; grey ground

El Cid Campeador lanceado otro toro (El Cid Campeador Spearing Another Bull), 1816

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Etching, burnished aquatint, drypoint and burin

The Winton Jones Endowment Fund for Prints and Drawings 2015.90.3

Not on View

In the 33-print series "Tauromaquia," Goya traces the history of bullfighting in Spain, from men hunting in open fields to the modern, ritualized spectacle it became in the 18th century. He invents part of the sport’s history, depicting, for instance in El Cid Campeador lanceado otro toro (El Cid Campeador Spearing Another Bull), the famous medieval Castilian knight El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar) slaying a bull on horseback. It is a technically sophisticated work in its combination of etching, drypoint, engraving, and the new medium of aquatint, which Goya deployed to luminous, evocative effect.

Image: Public Domain. The Winton Jones Endowment Fund for Prints and Drawings

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