The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, plate 43 from Los Caprichos

A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1797/99

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

Hovering between the grotesque and the comical, Francisco de Goya’s series Los caprichos (Whims or Fantasies) consists of 80 etchings satirizing Spanish society during the late 18th century. For this iconic image, which may have been intended as the title page of the series, Goya represented himself as an artist who has fallen asleep at his drawing table. In the background are his nightmares, the macabre tormenters that pervade the rest of these prints.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, plate 43 from Los Caprichos

Origin

Spain

Date

1797–1799

Medium

Etching and aquatint on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

180 x 120 mm (image); 212 x 150 mm (plate); 303 x 198 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3241

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