Menippus

A work made of etching with engraved inscription on laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching with engraved inscription on laid paper.

Date:

1778

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)
after Diego Velázquez (Spanish, 1599-1660)

About this artwork

Goya made these two etchings after Velázquez’s portrait pair reenvisioning the ancient writers Menippus (a satirical playwright) and Aesop (a storyteller). Both men were initially slaves, but became free men. They both appear in the paintings holding books or standing near piles of them, although none of their original writings have survived. Like the portraits of the court dwarves, Goya etched these thinkers on a smaller size sheet of paper than Velázquez’s portraits of contemporary nobles (and sold them at half the price).

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Menippus

Origin

Spain

Date

1778

Medium

Etching with engraved inscription on laid paper

Dimensions

285 x 190 mm (image); 305 x 220 mm (plate); 425 x 302 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1972.18

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