About This Artwork

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

Pretty Teacher!, plate 68 from Los Caprichos, 1797/99

Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper
184 x 123 mm (image); 210 x 149 mm (plate); 301 x 205 mm (sheet)

Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1948.110.68

Goya usually depicted women as either hags or young society women. Here he may be showing the latter being corrupted by the former, especially as the young girl seems to be hiding her face in shame. The title is particularly ironic, as the witch-teacher is neither attractive nor correctly positioned on the broom.

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