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The Third of May 1808

The Third of May 1808, by Francisco de Goya
The Third of May 1808, by Francisco de Goya

Historical Context

This painting has be called one of the first modern paintings for its graphic depiction of the consequences of war.

Art Historian Kenneth Clark labelled it "the first great picture which can be called revolutionary in every sense of the word, in style, in subject, and in intention".

Painted by Goya for the Spanish government it commemorates a Spanish uprising against French occupation during the Peninsula War 1807-14. French soldiers to the right ruthlessly gun down captured Spanish revolutionaries.

The painting, along with its twin, "The Second of May 1808" is housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Painting Info

Artist: Francisco de Goya
Location painted: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Source: Annenberg Learner

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