Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
ca. 1816–23 (published 1864)
Etching, aquatint and drypoint
Plate: 9 9/16 × 13 7/8 in. (24.3 × 35.2 cm) Sheet: 13 1/8 in. × 19 in. (33.4 × 48.3 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
This composition is one of twenty-two enigmatic prints entitled the Disparates. It shows a group of misguided supplicants kneeling before two human bodies joined at their backs. The worshippers are as monstrous as the idol they worship—many are half-human with menacing caricatured features. The grotesque two-headed figure at center represents falsehood or duplicity. Goya used the innovative medium of aquatint in the series to portray an irrational world of ambiguity, mystery, and subversive humor. From the posthumous first edition published by the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid in 1864 under the title 'Los Proverbios'.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 21, 1997–October 5, 1997.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 19, 2013–February 10, 2014.
Tomás Harris Goya: Engravings and Lithographs Vol. I: Text and Illustrations; Vol.II: Catalogue Raisonné. Oxford, 1964.