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El entierro de la sardina, Francisco de Goya

In the jargon of art history a “genre” painting is one that depicts a scene of people engaged in ordinary life, without being a portrait of anyone specific, or a depiction of a historical event. Such paintings were very popular in the 18th century, and occupied a middle place in the accepted hierarchy of subjects.

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The painting depicts…

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Gypsies in their encampment.

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the preparation of a grand feast.

3

a portrait being painted.

4

lovers walking down a street in Paris.

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a formal dinner.

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a lady at her toilette, with visitors

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a woman washing herself astride her bidet.

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a masquerade ball.

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a country dance.

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peasants dancing.

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a shepherdess and her flock.

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a pretty milkmaid and her cows.

13

a fox hunt.

14

a stag hunt.

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a boar hunt.

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soldiers carousing in a tavern.

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a peasant wedding.

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a peasant woman nursing a child.

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a peddler with a lemonade tank on his back.

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a peasant family eating dinner.

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a silhouette portrait being made.

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several well-dressed young ladies giving a recital.

23

a farmer bringing produce to market in a wagon.

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a small group of well-dressed people having luncheon in a small, but nicely-appointed room.

25

a modiste visiting a fashionable young lady

26

a water carrier.

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a seamstress sewing a dress.

28

an operatic performance.

29

a ballet performance.

30

a performance of the Commedia dell’Arte.

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a group of well-dressed people having a picnic.

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laundresses washing clothes in a stream.

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a young lady having a music lesson.

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a young woman writing a letter.

35

grapes being harvested.

36

a butcher at his work.

37

the interior of a gaming hall.

38

an old washerwoman at work.

39

a group of men and women playing billiards.

40

a horse-race.

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a cock-fight.

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a dog fight.

43

a peasant mother dressing her child.

44

fishermen hauling in their catch.

45

a boy building a house of cards.

46

a Gypsy telling a fortune.

47

a governess admonishing a young child.

48

a man spying on a lady during the early part of her toilette.

49

stiltwalkers giving a public show.

50

a procession of pilgrims down a city street.

51

several monks making merry.

52

a young girl eavesdropping on a pair of lovers conversing.

53

a dance master giving lessons.

54

a drawing master giving lessons.

55

a group of men and women playing “blind-man’s bluff”.

56

a public hanging.

57

a public beheading.

58

a debate in an opulent salon.

59

the interior of a shop selling home furnishings.

60

children receiving gifts on Saint Nicholas’ Day.

61

a group of drunken singers at Christmastime.

62

a lady being carried in a sedan chair.

63

a carriage rolling through the countryside.

64

a woman (or man) in the sickbed, attended by their family.

65

a marriage contract being signed.

66

a group of masked Venetians gambling at The Ridotto.

67

a group of English Morris Dancers.

68

a couple visiting a menagerie.

69

a mountebank before a crowd.

70

a group of soldiers performing drills.

71

the crew aboard a ship, hoisting sails.

72

a group of ladies playing cards.

73

soldiers playing dice.

74

a chemist giving a demonstration to a small crowd.

75

a group of actors applying makeup.

76

an elegant salon in a lady’s bedchamber.

77

a patient being bled by a doctor.

78

a woman giving birth, with the family watching.

79

a girl crying over a dead pet.

80

a funeral procession.

81

a tennis match

82

a small group playing battledore and shuttlecock.

83

a group of aristocratic men shooting pigeons.

84

a grand house being constructed

85

a peasant home being built.

86

a group of street musicians.

87

a group of men and women telling ghost stories in a dimly-lit drawing room.

88

a peasant fishing.

89

a group of well-dressed men and women watching a regatta.

90

a dentist pulling teeth.

91

a maid carrying a chocolate pot and cups on a tray.

92

a baker removing loaves from the oven.

93

a woman visiting a fishmonger.

94

women making lace.

95

a sturdy peasant woman at a spinning wheel.

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a group of well-dressed ladies embroidering.

97

a Spanish bullfight.

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a group of children playing at being soldiers.

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a knife-sharpener at work.

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a money-lender’s office.
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