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Look how solemn they are!
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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Look how solemn they are!

1797 - 1799. Etching, Aquatint, Drypoint on ivory laid paper. Not on display

Capricho 63, Look how solemn they are! is part of The Caprichos. The subject matter was common in representations of that period. The composition has three figures, one of whom is being ridden by the one closest to the viewer, and the same occurs in the corresponding print. These are the lazy drones who live off of others. The handwritten commentary at the Biblioteca Nacional observes: Only monstrosities are visible in the world: two fierce monsters bear people on their backs: one acts brave but is a thief, and the other is fanatical, but savage. Such are the Rulers and Leading Magistrates of the people; and yet they are called from afar, acclaimed and entrusted with the power to govern. The Museo del Prado has various works related to Capricho 63 (G02095/G00650/G01942/G02151/G00654), and there is also a steel-plated copper plate from the same series at Calcografía Nacional in Madrid (215 x 163 mm, 301.36 g. No. 3489). (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, 322).

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The witches’ drones
Pencil on laid paper, 1796 - 1797
Look how solemn they are!
Etching on ivory laid paper, 1797 - 1799
Look how solemn they are!
Etching on ivory laid paper, 1797 - 1799
Inventory number
G001942
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Look how solemn they are!
Date
1797 - 1799
Technique
Etching; Aquatint; Drypoint
Support
Ivory laid paper
Dimension
Height: 264 mm; Width: 201 mm; Height of the plate mark: 214 mm; Width of the plate mark: 164 mm
Series
Caprichos [estampa], 63
Provenance
Joaquín Ballester Ballester; Mariano Ballester; galería Paul Prouté (París), c. 1950; Frances Hofer [mujer de Philip Hofer] (Cambridge, Massachusetts), abril 1952; Norton Simon Museum of Art (Pasadena); Nicholas G. Stogdon (Nueva York) y Adrian Eeles, Artemis Fine Arts (Londres), c. 1987; Adquisición por el Ministerio de Cultura, para su adscripción al Museo del Prado, 1990</br>

Bibliography +

Harris, T., Goya, engravings and lithographs, II, Bruno Cassirer, Oxford, 1964, pp. 140, n. 98.

Delteil, L., Goya. Le peintre graveur illustré (XIXe et XXe siécles). Reed., XIV, Collectors Editions Da Capo Press, Nueva York, 1969, pp. n.100.

Artemis Fine Arts (Firma), Francisco de Goya. Los Caprichos. Twenty Working and Trial Proofs. An early copy of the First Edition and A new Census of Working and Trial Proofs and their locations, Artemis Fine Arts, Londres, 1987, pp. n.16.

Wilson-Bareau, J., Goya: la década de los Caprichos. Dibujos y aguafuertes, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1992, pp. 198-199.

Vega, J., Museo del Prado: catálogo de estampas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1992, pp. 77, n. 300.

Matilla, J.M & Blas, J., Os Caprichos de Goya. Desenhos e Gravuras do Museu do Prado e da Calcografia Nacional de Espanha, Fundaçao Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa, 2001, pp. 126-128.

Muller, P.E., “Los Caprichos como obra en curso”, en Goya, Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Galaxia Gutenberg, Círculo de Lectores, 2002, pp. 83-98 [p. 93].

Jacobs, H.C.; Klingenberger, M, Preyer, N, Los comentarios manuscritos sobre los Caprichos de Goya: edición, traducción , interpretación - III, Institución Fernando el Católico, Zaragoza, 2019.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2243.

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1
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Front, upper right corner

P. 63
Inscribed in pen and brown ink. Back, upper right corner

L.D [i.e. Louis Delteil] 100 (Plate 63 of Caprichos) / Bot of P. Prouté April 1952, frs 550- / Undescribed 1st State! (L.D. has none / before caption)
Inscribed in pencil. Back, Upper area

# 300 / NA 2243 / G-1942
Back, lower left area

Goya
Engraved. Front, lower left corner

“MB” [dentro de rectángulo (13 x 16 mm); marca colección de Mariano]
Dry seal. Front, lower left corner

“Frances / Hofer” [en rectángulo (21 x 23 mm)]
Scrap of paper. Back, lower central area

Exhibitions +

Francisco de Goya. El proceso creativo de los Caprichos
Lisboa
11.10.2001 - 31.12.2001

Update date: 22-11-2021 | Registry created on 01-09-2015

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