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Ancient and Modern, the Origin of Pride
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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Ancient and Modern, the Origin of Pride

1796 - 1797. Pencil, Iron gall ink on laid paper Not on display

This preparatory drawing for the etching Capricho 27, Who could be more admiring? (G02115) is part of The Dreams, a series of twenty-six pen-and-ink drawings that serve as the basis for the Caprichos in the first stage of its creation. The print and the preparatory drawing are nearly identical except for the landscape, which does not appear in the etching. We know the subject thanks to handwritten notes by Valentín Cardera at the Museo del Prado and Bibilioteca Nacional. The first reads: Neither one nor the other. He is a charlatan of love who says the same to all women and she is thinking about cancelling five dates she has made between 8:00 and 9:00 when it is already 7:30. In that same sense, the second manuscript adds: A promiscuous man propositioning a woman employs the same facial expressions and flattery as a lapdog. (Duchess of Alba, and Goya). Clearly, the relations between Goya and María Teresa Cayetana de Silva y Álvarez de Toledo (1762-1808), thirteenth Duchess of Alba were subject to a variety of interpretations. The lack of sufficient data has led some authors to construe it as a passionate affaire, while others see it as no more than friendship and artistic protection. The Museo del Prado has a series of works related to Dream 18 (D04339 -verso- / G02115 / G00647), and a preliminary brush-and-India Ink drawing from Album B, 40 (1794-95, retouched with gall ink) is in the Eugene Victor Thaw Collection (New York). There is also a steel-plated copper plate from the same series at Calcografía Nacional in Madrid (198 x 151 mm, 339.96 g. No. 3453). The mark of the plate is visible on the drawing as a result of its tracing on the copper plate (197 x 150 mm, ), as are 26-27 mm vertical laid lines (Text from: Matilla, J.M. and others: El libro de los Caprichos. Francisco de Goya: dos siglos de interpretaciones, 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 1999. pp. 21, 172).

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Who could be more admiring?
Etching on ivory laid paper, 1797 - 1799
Inventory number
D004196
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Ancient and Modern, the Origin of Pride
Date
1796 - 1797
Technique
Pencil; Iron gall ink
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 245 mm.; Width: 186 mm.
Series
Caprichos [dibujo]. Serie Los Sueños, 27, 18
Provenance
Javier Goya, Madrid, 1828; Mariano Goya, Madrid, 1854; Valentín Carderera, Madrid, c. 1861; Mariano Carderera, Madrid, 1880; Museo del Prado, 12.11.1886.

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 505.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para Grabados y Pinturas, II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1975, pp. 90.

Glendinning, Nigel, Goya, la década de los Caprichos : retratos 1792-1804, Real Academia Bellas Artes San Fernando, Madrid, 1992, pp. 113.

Matilla, José Manuel, El Libro de los Caprichos: dos siglos de interpretaciones 1799-1999. Catálogo de los dibujos, pruebas de estado, láminas de cobre y estampas de la primera edición, Museo Nacional de Prado, Madrid, 1999, pp. 21, 172.

Matilla, José Manuel, Estampas españolas de la Guerra de la Independencia: propaganda, conmemoración y testimonio, Universidad de Salamanca, 2008.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 23.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 505.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. II 53.

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Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

Exposición Temporal
Update date: 19-11-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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