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Heads of Anarchists Detained after the Attack against the Gran Teatre del Liceu

<p>Santiago Rusi&ntilde;ol, <em>Heads of Anarchists Detained after the Attack against the Gran Teatre del Liceu</em>, <em>c</em>. 1893, Barcelona, charcoal on paper</p>

Santiago Rusiñol, Heads of Anarchists Detained after the Attack against the Gran Teatre del Liceu, c. 1893, Barcelona, charcoal on paper

This work is comprised of 28 charcoal drawings laid out and sketched by Santiago Rusiñol around 1894.

The drawings refer to the anarchist attack of November 7, 1893 in the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona, one of the most spectacularly bloody events to shock the “good families” of Barcelona at the end of the nineteenth century.

Only one of the two Orsini-type bombs thrown by Santiago Salvador Franch onto the lower orchestra seating area of the Liceu exploded, killing twenty people and injuring many more.

The people portrayed by Rusiñol were amongst those detained by the police as suspects of having participated in the attack

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