They Have Flown, plate 61 from Los Caprichos (Caprices)

A work made of etching, aquatint, and drypoint in brown on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching, aquatint, and drypoint 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 (Caprices) is an album of 80 whimsical prints featuring biting critiques of society’s foolishness. The absurd scenario seen here suggests women’s flightiness. With a butterfly in her hair, this airheaded woman is too lightweight for any serious relationship or responsibility. Her face resembles the Duchess of Alba, María Cayetana de Silva, who was the subject of several of Goya’s paintings. While the extent of their personal relationship remains uncertain, this image suggests unrequited love.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

They Have Flown, plate 61 from Los Caprichos (Caprices)

Origin

Spain

Date

1797–1799

Medium

Etching, aquatint, and drypoint in brown on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

186 x 129 mm (image); 215 x 150 mm (plate); 301 x 207 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1948.110.61

Extended information about this artwork

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