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Bravo!, plate 38 from Los Caprichos

A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.




Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

Francisco de Goya wrote acidic commentary to accompany each print in his series The Caprices. For Bravo! he noted, “If ears were all that were needed to appreciate it, no one could listen more intelligently.” Some critical readings of this work interpret it as a commentary on Manuel de Godoy’s parties thrown for King Charles IV. Godoy came to Charles’s palace in Madrid as a musician and left it as prime minister; his meteoric rise is often attributed to a liaison with Queen Maria Louisa. Bravo! suggests the king was oblivious to this relationship to the point of not recognizing what was in front of him.


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Prints and Drawings


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes


Bravo!, plate 38 from Los Caprichos


Spain (Artist's nationality)




Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper


Image: 18.5 × 13 cm (7 5/16 × 5 1/8 in.); Plate: 21.6 × 15.1 cm (8 9/16 × 6 in.); Sheet: 30.1 × 20.8 cm (11 7/8 × 8 1/4 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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