Truth has died, plate 79 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

Though not the last plate of the series, this print finalizes its central themes in a profound manner, claiming that truth itself is dead. Here, personified by a shining corpse about to be buried, truth connotes constitutional liberty. Justice is featured at the right, clasping her scales in her left hand. She covers her face, perhaps weeping, as if she cannot bear the scene before her. By ending the series on this note of despair, Francisco de Goya brought an answer to the question of what must come to pass (plate one)—the final blow of war is that truth is dead and justice despondent.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Truth has died, plate 79 from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1815–1820

Medium

Etching and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

145 x 182 mm (image); 170 x 215 mm (plate); 240 x 335 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1384

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