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“The Third of May 1808”, painted in 1814 by Francisco Goya is one of the most significant achievements in world art, marking the turning point from the classical era of painting with the first slow, gradual steps into modernity. Undoubtedly Goya’s canvas is also one of the landmark moments in Spanish painting, and certainly one of the most dramatic canvases that portrays an almost-contemporary theme. The intense passion that inspired the composition of this painting was derived from actual experience, as Goya himself witnessed the aftermath — perhaps even the actual execution — of a massacre of Spanish fighters through a telescope. The enduring power of “The Third of May 1808” lies in its ability to express the reality and the effects of violence, in all its simplicity, whilst both indicting the base cruelty of man and celebrating his inexhaustible desire for liberty. Utterly distinct from any works produced for almost a century following it, Goya’s masterwork is at once a piece of pre-Expressionist tragedy and of documentary battle journalism. Through the bloodshed and the horror of the Napoleonic Wars that ravaged Spain and saw bitter fighting between the locals and the invading French forces, Goya managed to hone a visual language of expressive tension and extraordinary realism. Steeped in sincerity, the scene is set upon a desolate mountain background, behind which the dark silhouette of Madrid towers resilient. The group of soldiers stands with their backs to the viewer as faceless tormentors, finishing their familiar job without rage or hatred, but with the cold precision of relentless killers. It is precisely this bland and uniform line-up that contrasts with the heartbreaking state of the victims, embodying everything that is dark and cruel about the human condition.
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Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little obsessed about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
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The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.