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Where is mommy going?
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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Where is mommy going?

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

Capricho 65, Where is mommy going? (G02102) is part of The Caprichos. The subject matter was common in representations of that period. The composition presents four figures accompanied by nocturnal animals. The owl and two of the figures hold up the large nude woman at the center of the drawing. Another wraps herself around her from behind. This placement corresponds to that of the preparatory drawing. The subject is known to us through handwritten notes, including one at the Museo del Prado, by Valentín Carderera, and another at the Biblioteca Nacional. The former reads: Mommy suffers from hydropsy and has been ordered to walk. We hope to God that she gets better. In his Tesoro de la Lengua Castellana (1674), Sebastián de Covarrubias defines Hydropsy as an illness of the aqueous humor that swells the entire body. It is sometimes mistaken for greed, because those who suffer from it drink but can never slake their thirst, just as the greedy are never satisfied, no matter how much they acquire. The second note expands the list of womanly sins and vices: In women, lasciviousness and inebriation bring innumerable disorders and veritable witchery. The Museo del Prado has various works related to Capricho 65 (G00655), and there is also a steel-plated copper plate from the same series at Calcografía Nacional in Madrid (210 x 162 mm, 559.47 g. No. 3491). (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, 330).


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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Where is mommy going?
1797 - 1799
Etching; Aquatint; Drypoint
Ivory laid paper
Height: 306 mm.; Width: 201 mm.; Height of the plate mark: 206 mm.; Width of the plate mark: 164 mm.
Caprichos [estampa], 65
Bequest of Plácido Arango Arias, 1991.

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Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2297.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 581.

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