La Tauromaquia · Carnicero, Goya, Picasso And The Bullfight

April 19 – July 28, 2013

  • Antonio Carnicero, Plate VII from Coleccion de la principals suertes de una corrida de toros (Collection of the main actions in a bullfight), 1790, etching, 10 1/6 x 15 1/4 inches.

In the 18th century, the bullfight was both a sport and an entertainment in Spain, democratically beloved from royalty to the lower classes. A skilled matador often became a famed national hero, and his fighting in the corrida was considered a fully developed art form. As Ernest Hemingway has written: “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.”

La Tauromaquia · Carnicero, Goya, and Picasso is organized by the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University Art Gallery, The Arthur Ross Collection.

Support for the exhibition is provided by Mrs. Arthur Ross; Mr. George Gillespie; Bill and Kathie Hohns; Jules and Connie Kay; Miss Gail Lloyd; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Mainwaring; the Friends of the Arthur Ross Gallery; The Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery; the Arthur Ross Exhibition Fund; the Philadelphia Cultural Fund; and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

In Memory of Arthur Ross and in Honor of Mrs. Arthur Ross.