Inventory number
P07748
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Witches' Flight
Chronology
1797
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
43,5 cm x 30,5 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Dukes of Osuna, Small Palace of La Alameda, Madrid, 1799-1896. Ramón Ibarra, Madrid. Ibarra Collection, Bilbao. Luis Arana Collection, Bilbao. Jaime Ortiz Patiño, Sotogrande, Huelva, 1985-1998. Prado Museum, 1999

Three bare-chested characters wearing dunce caps hold a fourth, nude character in the air while another lies on the floor, covering his ears, A sixth figure flees, his head covered with a white cloth. With his hand, he makes the gesture intended to protect him from the evil eye. At the right of the scene, a donkey stands out against the neutral background.

This was one of six canvases Goya sold to the Duke and Duchess of Osuna in 1798, as decoration for their country house in La Alameda. They are linked to the etchings from his Caprichos series, in which he presented scenes of witches and witchcraft similar to this one.

This painting was acquired by the Prado Museum in 1999 with funds from the Villaescusa legacy.

 
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