El caballo raptor (The Horse-Abductor), also known as La mujer y el potro, que los dome otro (A Woman and a Horse, Let Someone Else Master Them), from the series Los disparates (The Follies/Irrationalities) Artist: Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828)

ca. 1816–19, published 1864 (first edition)

Prints and Drawings

Goya’s etchings known as the Disparates (usually translated as "Follies," although a word like "Irrationalities" would be closer to the Spanish) are the first series Arthur Ross bought for the foundation. The twenty-two images, made around 1816–19, are Goya’s last etched series, and like the Disasters of War they were not published in his lifetime—presumably for fear of the Inquisition. Although the Disparates series is less straightforwardly pessimistic than the Disasters, with its horror piled upon horror, the grotesque creatures and inexplicable phenomena that make this the most enigmatic of Goya’s series also impart to it an ominous and foreboding character that is profoundly unnerving. These eighteen images were published by the Real Academia de Nobles Artes de San Fernando in 1864; four additional plates, which had been separated from the rest, were published in Paris in 1877.


Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint


platemark: 9 5/8 × 13 3/4 in. (24.5 × 35 cm)
framed: 17 1/8 × 23 3/8 × 1 in. (43.5 × 59.35 × 2.55 cm)

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The Arthur Ross Collection

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18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 124, pl. 42
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