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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Francisco Goya, Spanish, 1746–1828

Con razon ó sin ella (Rightly or Wrongly), pl. 2 from the series Los desastres de la guerra (The Disasters of War)

1810–1820, published 1863

Etching, lavis, drypoint, burin and burnisher

platemark: 15.5 × 20.5 cm (6 1/8 × 8 1/16 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.37.3
Goya made no prints for a decade after the publication of the Caprichos, but during the war against the French invaders between 1808 and 1814 (known outside of Spain as the Peninsular Wars), Goya turned again to etching to create pessimistic images castigating human stupidity and the horrors that some men inflicted on others. Only one of the eighty Disasters of War prints—the one depicting a young woman in a white dress firing a cannon—records a heroic action; the rest show atrocities or suffering, such as that incurred by the widespread famine toward the end of the war. These were not published until 1863, thirty-five years after Goya’s death.
Geography: 
Made in Spain
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Spanish
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Plastic
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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