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Klatsky 1 The Third of May, 1808 Michael Klatsky English 101, Semester 1, Room 2115 Professor Hazelton December 10, 2007
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Klatsky 2 Michael Klatsky Professor Hazelton English 101 8 December 2007 The Third of May, 1808 In studying many important, moving and emotional historical events, some have been documented by scribe, others by sculptors – none compare to the events preserved by images. Paintings contain the power to portray emotion, present historical fact, and even draw one inside the image as if they had been part of the experience. The Third of May, 1808 became an incredibly powerful image because it is one of the first to document scenes of utter terror and brutality the forces of the organized state use on helpless, vulnerable peasants in order to fulfill a political agenda. In one of the earliest forms of photojournalism; Goya documents a damnable event, painting deliberately to ensure that “most of the victims have faces. Their killers do not. This is one of the most often-noted aspects of the Third of May, 1808 , and rightly so; with this painting, the modern image of war as anonymous killing is born, and a long tradition of killing as ennobled spectacle come to its overdue end.” (Hughes 317). Arguably the most important Spanish artist of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Francisco de Goya, 1746–1828, painter of the Third of May, 1808 , served as painter to Charles III of Spain. He was then promoted to Court Painter as the
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Klatsky 3 newly accessioned Charles IV took the throne in 1789; which happened to coincide with the fall of the French monarchy and rise of Napoleon. All remained well for Goya until Napoleon’s armies invaded Spain in 1808, and in a show of allegiance to the fallen king Charles IV, Goya commemorated the terror brought upon Spain with two masterpieces, The Second of May and The Third of May , the former depicting the insurgency against the French and the latter depicting the crushing response. His work shows a firing squad,
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