Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

The Third of May: Execution of the Madrilenos The Third of May, 1808

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Abstract

In 1814, when Ferdinand VII resumed the Spanish throne, Goya painted two pictures to commemorate Spanish resistance to French occupation. The first, entitled The Second of May, 1808, portrays the Spanish uprising against Napoleon's cavalry; the second, and more famous, Third of May, 1808 depicts the French reprisals. This painting condemns organized brutality in a way that stands alone in excellence. This scene of slaughter captures every detail of a group of gleeful hateful men destroying their fellow men. Nothing else in all of art equals the violence, the black terror of the moment, with those guns pointed at the group of unarmed victims. This is a difficult painting to look at for extended periods of time and may even cause nightmares.

Keywords

Madrid, Spain, Spain, Style: Spanish Rococo Era/Romantic, School: Rococo/Romantic, Movement: Rococo/Romanticism, Spanish, Painting, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Spanish Rococo Era/Romantic; School: Rococo/Romantic; Movement: Rococo/Romanticism; Spanish; Painting

Subject: geographic

Madrid, Spain; Spain

Type

StillImage

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Genre

Paintings; Pictures

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-NSF0096

The Third of May: Execution of the Madrilenos The Third of May, 1808

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