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A young dancer trying to escape winged figures with men's heads. Etching by F. Goya, 1796/1798.

Goya, Francisco, 1746-1828.
Date
[1796/1798]
Reference
37299i
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Description

"The subject of this etching is the harrassment of a beautiful woman by grotesque, deformed, bird-like creatures representing desire, temptation and deceit. The Prado manuscript points out, "She who wants to be caught never escapes". The other commentaries refer to the scene as Godoy, the Prime Minister, pursuing "Duten" or "Dutim". The latter may be a code name for Queen Maria Luisa"--Pérez-Sanchez and Gállego, loc. cit.

Publication/Creation

[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1796/1798]

Physical description

1 print : etching with aquatint ; platemark 21.7 x 15.2 cm

Lettering

No te escaparás.

Notes

"Los Caprichos" are a set of eighty etchings/aquatints made by Francisco Goya y Lucientes in the years 1796-98. They were first published and advertised for sale in Madrid papers in 1799. Very few copies were purchased and in 1803, having sold only twenty-seven copies, Goya offered the copperplates together with 240 unsold sets to Charles IV in exchange for a pension for his son, Javier. The next edition was published in the mid-nineteenth century and the last edition was made in Madrid in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War

Publications note

Alfonso E. Pérez-Sanchez and Julián Gállego, Goya: the complete etchings and lithographs, Munich: Prestel, 1995, p. 77, no. 72

Lettering note

English translation of lettering: "You will not escape"
Bears number: 79

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 37299i

Languages

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