Biography of Domingo López Ortega (1908-1988)

Bullfighter Spanish, born in Borox (Toledo) on February 25, 1908 and died in Madrid on May 8, 1988. On the planet of the bulls, it is known as "Domingo Ortega".

Fleeing from the agricultural tasks that seemed to have intended a rural setting and a few parents tenants, Domingo López Ortega killed a steer in the plaza de Carabanchel, on July 14, 1928. On 17 August of that same year, accidentally, it torea and killed another calf in Almorox (Toledo), having been mortally wounded the maletilla who was dealing it. The following year, having adopted the nickname of @jorgehcardona, it torea in missing victories of Tetuan square, but then went unnoticed almost throughout the season. However, on September 6, 1930, going from outstanding to a hand in Aranjuez and Marcial Lalanda Manuel Mejías, welcome, made a so showy and lucky remove by the veronicas which was in memory of attentive and complete amateurs. He/She returned to fight in Tetuan of victories on 28 September of that year, in the company of the bullfighters Palomino and Tomás Belmonte, facing Zaballos cattle. Since that evening, cartels always should be his bullfighting nickname of Domingo Ortega.

His first big win, still novillero, harvested it in Barcelona, in four novilladas consecutive it torea that autumn, the days, 28 October and 2, 9 and 16 November. Released by its discoverer, the former Toledo banderillero Salvador García, seized by Domingo González Mateos, Dominguin, founder of the famous dynasty of the same nickname; and protected by the powerful businessman Pedro Balañá, took the alternative in Barcelona on 8 March 1931, from the hands of the hapless Francisco Vega de los Reyes, Gitanillo de Triana, and in the presence of Vicente Barrera and Chamber. Received his doctorate with the lidia and muerte del toro Valenciano, Doña Juliana Calvo (formerly Albaserrada), he/she did a splendid job that was awarded by the Catalan fans with an ear.

On June 16, against del toro timer, don Julián Fernández, confirmed the alternative in Madrid, in the plaza of the old road of Aragon, from the hands of Nicanor Villalta and Serris. While from the alternative in March until this confirmation in June, Domingo Ortega had acted in twenty-nine occasions, that afternoon in Madrid was bumbling and soulless: the first love of the world was not convinced of the art of the toledan bullfighter, which failed so severe Court at every opportunity that is awarded that season again (23-28 June(, and 18-25 September). However, Domingo Ortega obtained many successes outside Madrid that year of 1931 and finished the season having toreado in ninety-three celebrations. The long-awaited triumph in the Mexico City arena was made to wait until April 18, 1932, year in which, paradoxically, failed with a crash in Barcelona. That did not prevent him finishing the season in front of the ladder, having toreado Ninety-one runs from the sixteen percent had contracted.

It maintained this first place between 1933 and 1934, besides his extraordinary mastery of the bulls along the other side of the Atlantic. On September 13, 1935, a bull of Graciliano Pérez Tabernero inferred a serious Goring in the salmantina sand, which truncated the smooth running in that season. After the fratricidal Civil War outbreak, Domingo Ortega availed themselves of the same despicable strategy that used Marcial Lalanda into the area dominated by insurgent military: earned from contracts that were signed in France to step on Gallic soil and from there, quickly, to return in Spain by the 'national' area. This unwavering adherence to the national uprising allowed him to fight one hundred twenty-eight runs during four seasons virtually interrupted by the Civil War, fact that seems both more serious and embarrassing insofar as it is considered that you most of the companions of Ortega did not have any opportunity to fight during the fierce contest.

On May 24, 1939 he/she reappeared in Madrid, at the sign of the humiliating exercise of revenge and revenge called Corrida de la Victoria. Sharply observed don Carlos Abella Domingo Ortega with greed administered its interventions in the sand ventena, at the time lavished their famous "gait" in front of the bulls in other Bullrings of much less packaging: between 1931 and 1954 (i.e., from the day of his confirmation to the of his farewell) just underwent the straight consistent of the Madrid public on sixteen occasionsWhile in Barcelona he/she torea seventy and a cumshot. Perhaps caught the fear just severity of a hobby that on April 30, 1934, hooted him by the miserable tasks that had been given to the mask, of Doña Carmen de Federico toro, awarded after his death with three rounds in the ring.

Finished the war, the Bull of the 1940s left forces much diminished and justito trapío, which was transforming mighty bullfighting and eminently lidiador of Ortega in an attempt of stylization that never materialize in its strong Castilian crutch. Before plywood carcasses that came by the pens, old ease of the right-handed Borox for walking on their faces because it did not cause the same admiration that he/she woke up before the war, when the arena was the toro-toro. The famous scourge of Ortega - his crutch-which had been elevated to the highest summits the concepts of domain and temple, lost its ancient reason for being winless, on the other hand, that elegance that never had. True is the toledano not never lost their privileged sense of placement in the plaza and less his extraordinary mastery of the terrain and distances; but it is undeniable that the goodwill of a lidiador is not enough to succeed when it not wheeze on the adequate raw hem.

Domingo Ortega cut queue on October 14, 1954, at age forty-seven, when he/she already had seven without bullfight at Las Ventas (exactly, since October 4, 1947). He/She died in Madrid at the age of eighty, on May 8, 1988. He/She was a friend of great figures of Spanish culture, including painter Ignacio Zuloaga, who portrayed oil; the writer Antonio Díaz Cañabate, who exalted in the fable of Domingo Ortega; and José Ortega y Gasset thinker, who encouraged Sunday to give some lectures on bullfighting ("The art of bullfighting" and "The bravery of the bull"), and these dissertations published in the Revista de Occidente. In return, in informal groped, the philosopher torea some calf in tandem with Domingo Ortega. Fortunately, neither one nor another took seriously unseat its namesake from the prominent position occupied in its plot.


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J. R. Fernández Cano