Goya’s Iconography of Provocation & Fear

Francisco Goya. The Third of May 1808. Oil on canvas, 1814. Museo del Prado, Madrid. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]
Francisco Goya. The Third of May 1808. Oil on canvas, 1814. Museo del Prado, Madrid. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

Babu Kuriakose  left a comment recently noting congruencies in Goya’s famous painting and Spartan Girls Provoking Boys by Edgar Degas. Babu has a discerning eye, and his website documents many resonances in contemporary visual rhetoric. His comment led me to muse about Aby Warburg’s work on iconology. Is there more going on in these paintings than simple replication of visual motifs?

Edgar Degas. Barefoot Spartan Girls Challenging Boys. c.1860-62. National Gallery, London.
Edgar Degas. Spartan Girls Provoking Boys. c.1860-62. National Gallery, London.

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3 Responses to Goya’s Iconography of Provocation & Fear

  1. Many thanks for your appreciation & the link.
    Regards,
    Babu

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  3. Max Detwiler says:

    COOL PICS I REALLY NEED MORE JK

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