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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

Where is Mother Going?, plate 65 from Los Caprichos, 1797/99

Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper
181 x 119 mm (image); 206 x 165 mm (plate); 301 x 207 mm (sheet)

Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1948.110.65

The Caprices, a series of 88 etchings produced by Goya between 1797 and 1799, forms a critical response to human vices and intolerances of the time. The monsters, which inhabit a familiar 17th-century landscape, are representations of the demons born from religion and power. The cast of miscreants is often depicted committing acts of evil. In this print a naked, plump witch is being carried away by a group of dark and nefarious creatures. Her cat anxiously holds on to a parasol as an owl between a pair of legs implausibly supports the entire misbegotten band.




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