- Shop Online
- Join and Give
About This Artwork
A Way of Flying, from Disparates, published as plate 13 in Los Proverbios (Proverbs), 1815–17, published 1864
Etching and aquatint in brown-black on ivory wove paper
218 x 325 mm (image); 245 x 354 mm (plate); 331 x 497 mm (sheet)
The Charles Deering Collection, 1927.3322
Near the end of his life, Francisco de Goya created a satirical series of etchings published as Los proverbios (Proverbs). The series was also known as Los disparates, meaning “nonsense” or “follies.” Although Goya often used flying as a symbol of man’s evil and vanity, this group of prints contains some of his most mysterious and complex imagery, which he intentionally left open to many interpretations.