About this artwork
Plate 3 of The Caprices features a mother with her two children who are frightened by a blanketed figure of el coco (the bogeyman) in the foreground. The mother’s expression contrasts with those of her children: she smiles in gratitude and appreciation. Goya is criticizing the common practice of using fear to keep children well behaved. The print also contains a spelling error, as Goya spells viene, the Spanish verb for “to come,” incorrectly. This is a common mistake due to similarity in sounds between the Spanish b and v. He corrected it in later editions of the print.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
- Here Comes the Bogeyman, plate three from Los Caprichos
- Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper
- Inscribed 'Que viene el Coco' in plate, l.c., under image. Inscribed "P. 3." in plate, u.r., above image.
- 193 x 136 mm (image); 217 x 153 mm (plate); 301 x 205 mm (sheet)
- Clarence Buckingham Collection