The Injured Mason (1786 – 1787) by Francisco Goya

The Injured Mason - Francisco Goya - 1786 - 1787

Artwork Information

TitleThe Injured Mason
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1786 - 1787
Dimensions268 x 110 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
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About The Injured Mason

“The Injured Mason,” a significant work by artist Francisco Goya, was created during the years 1786 to 1787. This painting can be classified as part of the Romanticism movement, which sought to express strong emotions and emphasize the sublime. Goya utilized oil on canvas as his medium for this piece, which measures 268 by 110 cm. Illustrative of genre painting, the artwork captures a moment from everyday life with profound emotional resonance. It is presently housed at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork depicts a poignant scene in which three figures are engaged in a moment of distress and companionship. A mason has apparently suffered an accident and is being carried by two of his colleagues. The central figure, the injured mason, appears limp and is supported by the men on either side, evoking a sense of urgency and concern. The expressions on the faces of the carriers are grave, highlighting the seriousness of the situation. There is a stark contrast between the light sky in the background and the dark, detailed foreground where the figures are presented, which contributes to the dramatic effect and draws attention to the men and their burden.

The composition is vertical, emphasizing the height and vulnerability of the workers atop the scaffolding, and the manner in which the figures are presented—somewhat cut off at the bottom—adds to the immediacy of the event. Goya’s painting is a poignant representation of the perils faced by laborers of his time, and it serves as a testament to human solidarity in times of crisis. The skillful rendering of the figures and the attention to textural detail reflect Goya’s mastery over the genre and his ability to convey complex human emotions.

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