Of what ill will he die?, plate 40 from Los Caprichos

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

Date:

1797–98, published 1799

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

One of Goya’s best-known publications, Los Caprichos is an album of 80 whimsical prints that carry a biting critique of society’s foolishness. In the absurd scenario seen here, the artist ridicules the medical profession by depicting a doctor as a jackass. It is unclear whether the patient is dying from an illness or from the ignorant physician’s administrations.
Goya originally conceived the project as a series of dreams. On an early draft of the frontispiece, now in the collection of Museo del Prado in Madrid, he wrote, “The author dreaming. His only intention is to banish harmful beliefs commonly held and to perpetuate with this work of caprices the solid testimony of truth.”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Of what ill will he die?, plate 40 from Los Caprichos

Origin

Spain

Date

1797–1799

Medium

Etching and aquatint in brown on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

185 x 131 mm (image); 215 x 150 mm (plate); 301 x 207 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1948.110.40

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