The custody is as barbarous as the crime, from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching and burin on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and burin on cream laid paper.

Date:

1810/20

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

The Custody Is as Barbarous as the Crime, one of only three irregular plates produced for the Disasters of War series, was not printed and bound into the volume like the other working proofs but was added at the end. The etching features a prisoner crouching with his wrists and ankles restrained. Line in addition to aquatint creates the exceedingly dark atmosphere. Goya pays special attention to the prisoner’s contorted posture, the tangled mess of his hair, and the reflection of dim light on the chains binding his arms.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

The custody is as barbarous as the crime, from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1810–1820

Medium

Etching and burin on cream laid paper

Dimensions

99 x 74 mm (image); 110 x 85 mm (plate); 253 x 184 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1945.9

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