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Friar Pedro Binds El Maragato with a Rope

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


c. 1806


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

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In small, lively paintings made for his own pleasure or for a few discerning patrons, Francisco de Goya explored satirical and popular aspects of Spanish life. This series was inspired by a contemporary event, the capture of notorious criminal El Maragato by Friar Pedro de Saldivia in 1806. After escaping from prison, El Maragato spent two months stealing food, guns, and money before trying to take Friar Pedro and other innocent people hostage. The friar outsmarted the bandit, however, seizing his gun, shooting him in the thigh as he tried to flee, and finally tying him up. This story was extremely popular in the early 19th century and Spanish artists memorialized it in images, poems, and songs.


On View, Gallery 220


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes


Friar Pedro Binds El Maragato with a Rope


Spain (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


29.2 × 38.5 cm (11 1/2 × 15 5/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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