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The Tavromachia was published by Francisco Goya in 1816. This is a series of 33 etchings that describes the exploits of the bullfighter in the bullfighting arena from antiquity to the time of publication. The entire collection of drawings is depicted in black and white. Each sheet depicts a separate bullfighting scene and is dedicated to something outstanding and the total mass of events. Goya paid great attention to writing animals. He depicted bulls glossy, with a drawing of each of their muscles. He portrayed the militancy and strength of these animals, emphasizing these all the complexity of the task and the heroism of the bullfighter. After all, not everyone will go to fight with such a power of a bull.
The artist dedicated to the bullfighter Pepe Ilio five etchings under the numbers 15, 16,18, 19 and 33.
Etching No. 33 is dedicated to the death of this brave bullfighter in the arena in Madrid.
In this etching, Goya portrayed the bullfighter lying in the arena, into which the horns of a ferocious animal were pierced. His body lay at the very hooves of a bull. Help came to the aid of the deceased, but it was too late.
On giving, the artist wrote off the image of the brave bullfighter Pepe Ilio, to whom he dedicated five sheets of etching, from the real bullfighter José Delgado. In his real life, Jose killed two thousand bulls in his life and died in the arena in Madrid in 1801 from a mortal blow from a bull in Barbudo. Jose himself chose the bull, who played the role of the executioner for him. The bull rushed to the matador after receiving a fatal blow, which surprised Jose. His last words were words of surprise, because he believed that he had killed the animal.
So the real story was transferred to the works of Goya in the final scene of "Tavromahii" etching No. 33 about the death of Pepe Ilio in the arena of Madrid.
Today, Tavromahia Francisco Goya is kept in the National Library in Madrid.
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