Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Goya Sketches Turn Up

Francisco de Goya - Repentance (circa 1812-29)I should imagine staff at Christie's London did somersaults with joy when three Goya sketches presumed lost for 131 years were offered for auction by the owners of a private Swiss collection. These sketches were sold in Paris in 1877 and haven't been seen since, until now. They're expected to fetch £3m at Christie's in July. This is Goya's Repentance (ca 1812-29). The other two sketches, from the same period, are Bajar Rinendo, which depicts four women fighting, and The Constable Lampinos Stitched Inside a Dead Horse, a punishment for persecuting women and students. That's what I like to see: zero tolerance!


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