Skip to main content

Main Building

Portrait of the Toreador José Romero

c. 1795
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)
An old Spanish inscription on the back of this canvas explains that various pieces of Romero's colorful costume were given to him by admirers of his bullfighting prowess, one of whom was the Duchess of Alba. The inscription goes on to praise Romero as the man "who with one sword thrust, brought to its knees the terrible bull that killed the agile Pepe Illo," another famous bullfighter. Goya also painted Romero's brother Pedro, reputedly an even greater toreador.

Object Details

We are always open to learning more about our collections and updating the website. Does this record contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Contact us here.

Please note that this particular artwork might not be on view when you visit. Don’t worry—we have plenty of exhibitions for you to explore.

Main Building