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Severity is not always good
Indian ink, Wash on dark yellow laid paper. 1816 - 1820
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Severity is not always good
Indian ink, Wash on dark yellow laid paper. 1816 - 1820
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

A boy trying to do his homework buries his face in his hands to protect himself from the threat of an old woman´s whip. The brutality of the punishment is decisively underlined by the authoritative presence of the old woman, with her legs and hands open, her dominant figure contras with the smallness of the child. The almost animal characters of the woman´s face correspond to the irrationality of

Divine Reason, spare no one
Brush, Bistre, Grey-brown ink, Wash on laid paper. 1814 - 1823
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Divine Reason, spare no one
Brush, Bistre, Grey-brown ink, Wash on laid paper. 1814 - 1823
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

The woman in the drawing is an allegorical representation of Reason, whose fundaments are Truth and Justice. With a set of scales in her left hand and a whip in her right, she strides forward, whipping the crows that symbolize the forces of darkness. This is probably a reference to the desire to abolish religious orders and the Inquisition.Goya’s Album C exemplifies the complexity of his work. Mad

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