Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
The Way in which the Ancient Spaniards Hunted Bulls on Horseback in the Open Country (Modo con que los antiguos españoles cazaban los toros á caballo en el campo)
From the series, The Bullfight (La Tauromaquia), Plate 1
9 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (24.77 cm x 34.93 cm)
Medium and Support:
Etching and aquatint on paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr., in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr.
La Tauromaquia was created between between 1814 and 1816, illustrating the origins,history and practices of bullfighting. The complete series was composed of forty plates, of which this is Plate 1. The works of the Tauromaquia are some of Goya's most accomplished, as he downplayed the use of the etched line, and emphasized the effects created by aquatint in producing light, shadow and atmosphere.