That is the worst of it!, plate 74 from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.
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  • A work made of etching and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.

Date:

1815/20, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

In this etching Goya did not merely suggest the bestial behavior of the clergy, as in the other Disasters of War prints nearby. Going beyond masks and dramatic poses, here the artist depicted a fox or a wolf signing a document reading “Miserable humanity, the fault is yours,” assigning the blame for the world’s sad state to the church by handing the sheet to the tonsured friar in front of him. Propaganda images visually equating priests with hungry wolves are known from as early as the 16th-century German Protestant Reformation, an approach Goya drew on here.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

That is the worst of it!, plate 74 from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1815–1820

Medium

Etching and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

153 x 193 mm (image); 175 x 215 mm (plate); 240 x 337 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1379

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