The sleep of reason produces monsters

The sleep of reason produces monsters, 1799
Etching and burnished aquatint on paper, 3 cm x 44.2 cm x 31 cm (1 3/16 in. x 17 3/8 in. x 12 3/16 in.)
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, 2008/1.152.43

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Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos

June 6 through August 30, 2009

The Museum of Art recently added to its collections a complete first edition (80 etchings) of Francisco Goya y Lucientes’s (1746–1828) famous set of prints Los Caprichos, which offers cutting social commentary on religion, prostitution, and the professional class. Although a number of the nightmarish and idiosyncratic images from the Caprichos may be familiar to visitors, it is rare to experience a complete set and even more exceptional to view a first edition in pristine condition, recently gifted to the Museum by the late Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco. This exhibition presents some of Goya’s most iconic—and disturbing—imagery with a delicacy and beauty that is rarely encountered.