Plate 30 from "The Disasters of War" (Los Desastres de la Guerra): 'Ravages of War' (Estragos de la guerra)
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) Spanish
Not on view
The incident unfolds in an instant: a building collapses due to an explosion, and its occupants plunge to the ground. Several details poignantly signal the sudden interruption of normal life, such as the fashionable armchair atop a fallen section of the floor, and the mother embracing the child she was just breastfeeding. Goya re-created this tumultuous interior as if observed at close range from within. The image graphically translates the disintegration of order produced by the blast, which the artist simulates having witnessed.
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