Goya's Third of May was painted in 1814, some six years after the historic moment which was captured forever in the work of Goya. The Museo del Prado, Madrid now displays the classic original painting though many like to buy reproductions of it for their own homes as framed art prints. If you would like to do the same, please use the links below that accompany each picture of the Third of May painting.

Francisco de Goya is seen as an artist who bridged the old and new with his skillful romanticist paintings. The career highlights for Goya included Third of May, Second of May, Disasters of War, Sleep of Reason, Nude and Clothed Maja, Witches Sabbath and Dog. These and other paintings from the Spanish artist are included throughout this website along with more information on his life and career.

The Third of May is an honest and accurate depiction of the great horrors of war, a topic which many artists over the centuries have be drawn to, with Picasso's Guernica another memorable contribution. In previous art history all war based scenes had been depicting honour and glory rather than the negative realities that so many people have experienced all over the world.

3rd of May has been classified by many art academics as a revolutionary piece of art work in many different ways, such as both the content of the painting itself but also the way in which the painter artistically creates it. The paintings entitled the 2nd and 3rd of May cover crucial moments within the Spanish uprising against the occupying French of around that same time.

Francesco de Goya was a passionate Spaniard and once the French invaders had been sent away he immediately went about depicting crucial moments from the Spanish uprising within his art. There was a huge passion for the artist to represent this time within Spanish art and so it cannot be surprising that these were amongst his finest works from a long and distinguished career.

Interestingly, Goya was unsuccessful with his application to join the Royal Academy of Fine Art in 1763 and 1766 when a young Francesco still had a lot to learn. His true success was to arrive some years later after he had further developed as an artist and fully establish his reputation. Despite failing to get into the Royal Academy of Fine Art at that time, Goya was not detered and continued to study the skills that he required to find his full potential.

List of Famous Francisco de Goya Paintings

The list of works by Goya is almost endless and far beyond just those included in this website. See below for a longer list of the key paintings to have come from Francisco de Goya.

  • Saturn Devouring One of His Children
  • Third of May
  • Second of May
  • The Nude Maja
  • Disasters of War
  • Young Majas
  • Sleep of Reason
  • Clothed Maja
  • Charles IV and his Family
  • Count of Floridablanca
  • Duchess of Alba
  • Ferdinand Guillemardet
  • Portrait of Francisco Bayeu
  • A Walk in Andalusia
  • Antonia Zarate
  • Charles III
  • Crockery Vendor
  • Birth of the Virgin
  • La Tirana
  • Marquesa de la Solana
  • Portrait of Mariana Waldstein
  • Snowstorm
  • The Wedding
  • Colossus
  • Bullfight
  • Fire at Night
  • Blind Mans Buff
  • Blind Man Playing the Guitar
  • Fight with a Young Bull
  • Caught by the Bull
  • Bewitched Man
  • Witches Sabbath
  • The Quail Shoot
  • Village Bullfight
  • Witches in the Air
  • Woman with a Fan
  • The Straw Manikin

List of Famous Spanish Artists

Goya was just one of many exceptional artists to have a close link to Spain and see below for a brief list of the finest painters to have come from Spain.

  • Francisco de Goya
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Salvador Dali
  • Juan Gris
  • El Greco