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The divided arena

The divided arena

Technical details

  • Author Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Title The divided arena
  • Timeline 1825
  • Technique Lithographic pencil and scraper


The arena is divided into two semicircles by a barrier. An accumulation in the number of bulls to fight at certain events led to the provisional division of the arena in order to duplicate the number of bullfights on a given day. This custom was continued well into the 20th century. On the right, a matador readies to plunge his sword into the bull; on the left, a banderillero taunts a motionless bull. Bullfighters sitting on the barrier watch one or other spectacle. Both sides of the stands are filled with people, who also clearly crowd around the barrier.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 2 Goya’s Etchings