Nothing. The Event Will Tell, plate 69 from The Disasters of War

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

Date:

1812/20, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

The sign resting on the skeletal remains reads “nada,” which means “nothing” in Spanish. Whether referring to the outcome of the war and suffering, the vindication of the dead, or the promise of an afterlife, the nihilism communicated in this image is some of the most intense in the series.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 219

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Nothing. The Event Will Tell, plate 69 from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1812–1820

Medium

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

Dimensions

144 x 197 mm (image); 153 x 200 mm (plate); 240 x 338 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1374

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