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Español: El dos de mayo de 1808 en Madrid o La carga de los mamelucos
English: The Second of May 1808 or The Charge of the Mamelukes
Deutsch: Kampf mit den Mamelucken am 2. Mai 1808 in Madrid
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||Height: 266 cm (104.7 in). Width: 345 cm (135.8 in).|
Español: Restaurado en 2008
English: Restored in 2008
|Source/Photographer||Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork|
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|JPEG file comment||GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
(b. 1746, Fuendetodos, d. 1828, Bordeaux)
The Second of May, 1808: The Charge of the Mamelukes 1814 Oil on canvas, 266 x 345 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid
After the expulsion of the Napoleonic armies in 1814 Goya applied for, and was granted, official financial aid in order 'to perpetuate with the brush the most notable and heroic actions or scenes of our glorious insurrection against the tyrant of Europe'. The two scenes that he recorded are not victorious battles but acts of anonymous heroism in the face of defeat. Here the people of Madrid armed with knives and rough weapons are seen attacking a group of mounted Egyptian soldiers (Mamelukes) and a cuirassier of the Imperial army. The composition, without a focal point or emphasis on any single action, creates a vivid impression of actuality, as if Goya had not only witnessed the scene (as he is alleged to have done) but had recorded it on the spot.
Author: GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de Title: The Second of May, 1808: The Charge of the Mamelukes Form: painting Time-line: 1801-1850 School: SpanishType: historical
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