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Francisco de Goya

Tauromaquia

SINGLE, LIMITED EDITION OF 998 NUMBERED COPIES. SOLD OUT

Year: 2006

Work

At the height of his maturity, a genius who was disillusioned with the age he lived in suddenly gave up his work as a court painter and went off in search of new visual languages with which to broaden and explore his skills. This introspective stage of the painter’s life is reflected in various series of prints, one of which was Tauromaquia (Bullfighting). 

Artika and the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts have produced a limited edition of 998 numbered copies featuring the facsimile reproduction of the 40 prints Francisco de Goya produced for his Tauromaquia, and taken from the first edition that is conserved in the National Chalcography department. 

The prints are masterly depictions of the ritual of bullfighting, with lines and strokes full of strength and character. They are protected in a folder that replicates the original folder in which Goya himself bound the first edition of Tauromaquia.

This large-format volume affords a painstaking study of the prints, as well as evoking the life and work of the painter, the history of his work Tauromaquia and his work as an engraver, all described by leading Goya specialists. 

Bound in red, El Arte de Torear contains texts on the subject by writers who were contemporaries of the artist. And to top it all off, the work includes an artisan’s graver, just like the one Goya used. 

Given the importance and value of this work, it is presented in a specially-designed handmade box that features the signature of Goya the engraver. It also has an original copper clasp reminiscent of the engraving plates used for this art form, with the title of the work engraved on it, as a homage to the great maestro.

The production process

Using a photographic process, the originals are digitalised in order to correct the outline, colour and glaze of the prints.

The use of stochastic screening ensures a faithful reproduction. The prints are checked and corrected by experts, with help from technicians from the National Chalcography department.

The protective folder is bound in red paper and leather. Cracks have been manually marked on the spine, just like on the original.

Specialists oversee the final quality of the engravings, discarding any that do not meet the desired standard.

To ensure the durability of the work, top-quality materials are used in the binding process and in the manufacture of the box.

Expert craftsmen carefully pare down the leather edging on the binding of one of the books.

The work has been produced using the latest in technological advances, while take great care with all the details.

Made by hand from cardboard and black cloth, the box has a bronze plate on its front featuring the name of the work.

Technical specifications

    Box
  • Box with window opening on the front
  • Completely hand-made
  • Lined with glossy black cotton fabric
  • Embossed with an enlargement of the painter’s signature on the top
  • Closed by a magnet clasp
  • Copper plate engraved with the name of the work
  • Size: 58’5 x 44’5 cm
    Protective folder
  • Enlarged reproduction of the original
  • Red cover in accordance with the current state of the original
  • Red leather spine
  • Spine hinged like the original
  • Embossed cover
  • Contains the 40 printed images
  • Size: 57’4 x 42’2 cm
    Facsimile reproductions
  • Facsimile reproduction of 40 prints: 33 numbered (corresponding to the first edition), and seven from A to G which reproduce the most recent printing carried out by the National Chalcography Institute
  • Size of the paper: 52 x 39 cm
  • Printed in four colours, direct
  • Old Milde cotton paper by Fedrigoni, 145 g
  • Facsimile reproduction of the prints
  • Seal of the National Chalcography Institute (CN)
  • Each printed image is protected with a separating sheet of paper
  • Includes reproduction of the original index
    Tauromaquia
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Semi-matt coated paper, 135 g
  • Bound in black gloss cotton cloth
  • Ribbon bookmark
  • Compilation of prints, plates and sketches
  • Research and informative texts
  • Enlargements of interesting details
  • Size: 29’7 x 29’7 cm
    The Art of Bullfighting
  • Pages: 272
  • Cotton paper, 135 g
  • Printed in two colours – black and burgundy
  • Bound in red paper with red leather spine
  • Ribbon bookmark
  • Size: 14’4 x 20’5 cm
    Graver
  • Engraver’s graver
  • Reproduction from the period