About This Artwork

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

And there's no help for it, plate 15 from The Disasters of War, c. 1810/11, published 1863

Etching, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges
129 x 155 mm (image); 140 x 169 mm (plate); 240 x 340 mm (sheet)

Gift of J. C. Cebrian, 1920.1320

A line of tied-up victims is executed one by one by a faceless firing squad. The tips of gun barrels emerge from the far right, capturing the moment immediately preceding the spray of bullets that will kill the central figure. At his feet lies the mangled corpse of an earlier victim.

— Exhibition label, Belligerent Encounters: Graphic Chronicles of War and Revolution, 1500–1945, July 31–October 23, 2011, Galleries 124–127.

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