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.
- Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
- Nothing. The Event Will Tell, plate 69 from The Disasters of War
- Etching, burnished aquatint, lavis, drypoint, and burin on ivory wove paper with gilt edges
- 144 x 197 mm (image); 153 x 200 mm (plate); 240 x 338 mm (sheet)
- Gift of J. C. Cebrian