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Francisco Goya, al Conde Palatino

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FRANCISCO GOYA (Fuendetodos 1746 - Bordeaux 1828) AL CONDE PALATINO
Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin, plate 33 from Los Caprichos (1797-98); Harris 68, III, 11. An impression from the eleventh edition (1929), limited to 100 copies, printed in sepia ink on laid paper. With the blind stamp of the Calcografia Nacional. With margins, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 210 x 147 mm, the entire sheet measuring 335 x 252 mm.

One of the most influential series of graphic images in the history of Western art, Los Caprichos provides a satirical and damning look at 18th-century Spanish society. In the 80 etchings that comprise the series, Goya depicted the peasantry's superstitious belief in witchcraft, the arrogance of the nobility, and the widespread corruption of the Catholic Church. First published in 1799, only a few copies of the first edition were sold. Despite Goya's attempts to veil the critical nature of the series, he felt it necessary to withdraw the prints from circulation and make a gift of the plates and of the first edition's unsold sets to the King Carlos IV.

price: 190,00 euros

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