About This Artwork

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
published by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Spanish, founded 1744)

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.

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