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It’s a hard step!
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Burin on wove paper. 1810 - 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
It’s a hard step!
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Burin on wove paper. 1810 - 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Execution scenes constitute one of the most outstanding thematic groups in the series. The significant number of prints depicting different versions of this form of repression and extreme violence—Disasters 14, 15, 26, 28, 29, 31 and 39—includes some of the most impressive in terms of expressivity and formal perfection. Viewed as a group, they offer a broad panorama of the terrible diversity of re

Disaster 77. The Rope is Breaking
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Wash on paper. XIX century
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Disaster 77. The Rope is Breaking
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Wash on paper. XIX century
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

The title that appears on this print recalls the Spanish saying: “the rope always breaks at the weakest point.” Careful comparison of the drawing and the print reveals a series of differences that affect the meanings of both. In the drawing, the rope mentioned in the title could be called a “slack rope,” as its lines suggest a lateral movement that produces instability rather that possible breakin

Bury Them and Keep Quiet
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Burin on ivory paper. 1810 - 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Bury Them and Keep Quiet
Burnished wash, Drypoint, Etching, Burin on ivory paper. 1810 - 1814
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Bury Them and Keep Quiet, suggests that the worst consequence of a war is undoubtedly death. As we have seen, the representation of the victims is one the Disasters’ principal objectives. Almost from the start, Goya emphatically conveys the collective nature of the slaughter. Depicting a cadaver is a way of expressing violence, but showing a disorderly pile of dead bodies exacerbates the tragic im

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