And they are like wild beasts, plate five from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.
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  • A work made of etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.

Date:

1812/15, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

Even mothers are driven to violence, as this image depicts. A woman holds a child on her left hip, even as she thrusts a spear into a French soldier with her right arm. In the background, other women assault the enemy by various means or languish from their wounds. The striking juxtaposition of the maternal with violent aggression serves to communicate the desperate conditions of the Peninsular War.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

And they are like wild beasts, plate five from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1812–1815

Medium

Etching, burnished aquatint, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

134 x 183 mm (image); 155 x 208 mm (plate); 240 x 338 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1310

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