VERY SUNNY VILLAS WITH WONDERFUL VIEW ON THE LAKE AND BELLAGIO
By the time of the painting's conception, the public imagination had made the rioters symbols of heroism and patriotism. The Third of May offers no such cathartic message. Although the Spanish people had accepted foreign monarchs in the past, they deeply resented the new French ruler.
Seen nearly from behind, their bayonets and their shako headgear form a relentless and immutable column. Illumination by torch or candlelight took on religious connotations; but in The Third of May the lantern manifests no such miracle. Despite the work's commemorative value, no details about its first exhibition are known, and it is not mentioned in any surviving contemporaneous accounts. Executioners and victims face each other abruptly across a narrow space; according to Kenneth Clark, by a stroke of genius [Goya] has contrasted the fierce repetition of the soldiers' attitudes and the steely line of their rifles, with the crumbling irregularity of their target. This time the soldiers are not visible even from behind; only the bayonets of their guns are seen.
Lazard123: 19.01.2018 : 19:33
Questa splendida frase appena inciso