Phantom Dancing with Castanets (c.1824 – c.1828) by Francisco Goya

Phantom Dancing with Castanets - Francisco Goya - c.1824 - c.1828

Artwork Information

TitlePhantom Dancing with Castanets
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Datec.1824 - c.1828
Dimensions18.9 x 13.9 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Phantom Dancing with Castanets

The artwork titled “Phantom Dancing with Castanets” was created by the esteemed artist Francisco Goya circa 1824 to 1828. This piece, executed using chalk on paper, exemplifies the Romanticism art movement. It is modest in size, with dimensions of 18.9 cm by 13.9 cm, categorized under sketch and study genre. The artwork is held in the prestigious collection of the Museo del Prado, located in Madrid, Spain.

“Phantom Dancing with Castanets” captures an ethereal figure seemingly in mid-movement, embodying the dynamic and often emotionally charged characteristics of Goya’s later works. The figure’s draped clothing generates a sense of motion, emphasizing the action of dancing. Despite the simplicity of the medium, Goya proficiently employs strokes of chalk to render form and expression. Noteworthy is the phantom’s face, which, through minimal yet effective lines, conveys a performative, perhaps even haunting, visage as if engaging in a moment of joyous abandon or eerie revelry. The use of castanets suggests a connection to traditional Spanish dance and culture. Each mark on the paper contributes to an atmosphere typical of the Romantic era, where emotion and individual experience are paramount. The economy of detail encourages viewers to engage imaginatively with the work, filling the gaps with their interpretations of the spectral dance that Goya has so distinctively presented.

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