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The unlucky death of Pepe Illo in the ring at Madrid

The unlucky death of Pepe Illo in the ring at Madrid

Technical details

  • Author Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Title The unlucky death of Pepe Illo in the ring at Madrid
  • Timeline 1816
  • Technique Aquafortis, aquatint, drypoint and burin

Description

José Delgado, alias Pep Illo, the famous bullfighter already depicted in another print, died in the bullring of Madrid on 11 May 1801. Goya appears to have been in attendance at the event, which caused great consternation all over Spain. The matador lies on the sand after his leg was wounded; in an instant the bull gores him, piercing his horn into the man's belly. This is a hugely restrained print, with a simple composition and intelligent distribution of light and shade.

Location in the museum

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

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