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El Maragato Threatens Friar Pedro de Zaldivia with His Gun

A work made of oil on panel.
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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1806

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 220

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

El Maragato Threatens Friar Pedro de Zaldivia with His Gun

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality)

Date

1801–1811

Medium

Oil on panel

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1071

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