As part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the uprising in Madrid against Napoleon’s invading army, students at the San José de Carranque secondary school in Malaga have reproduced Goya’s 82 drawings of the episode. Known as “Los desastres de la guerra (The disasters of war)”, the drawings depict all the horror and savagery of the uprising but as one student pointed out: “We see worse things on the telly every day.” The drawings were unveiled on World Peace Day last week. The May 2nd uprising was one of the bloodier episodes during the so-called Peninsular War which started in 1807 when Napoleon’s army invaded Portugal, occupying Spain the following year. Britain entered the fray and the war ended with the defeat of Napoleon in 1814.

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