Rejoice, Carnival, for Tomorrow Thou wilt Be Ashes, plate 14 from Los Proverbios

A work made of etching and aquatint printed in sepia ink on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching and aquatint printed in sepia ink on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1815/24

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

This group of leering figures in masks refers to the Roman Catholic festival Carnival, which (then, as now) precedes the more contemplative season of Lent. Goya used the common proverb of the title to compare the festival’s unsustainable indulgence and ritual pomp with the fate of Catholicism itself. In his art Goya frequently criticized the hypocrisy of the Spanish national religion, specifically its clergy. Both his Proverbs series and the Disasters of War, several etchings of which are also on view in this gallery, were published after his death.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Rejoice, Carnival, for Tomorrow Thou wilt Be Ashes, plate 14 from Los Proverbios

Origin

Spain

Date

1815–1824

Medium

Etching and aquatint printed in sepia ink on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

211 x 324 mm (image); 245 x 358 mm (plate); 351 x 487 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3306

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