Where there's a will there's a way (Donde hay ganas hay mana), Plate 13 of Los Disparates

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Where there's a will there's a way (Donde hay ganas hay mana), Plate 13 of Los Disparates Etched about 1819 - 1823 (published 1864)
The ability to fly is one of man’s oldest fantasies. The search for a viable aircraft had been underway for centuries, but by the late eighteenth century, the quest had really started to gather momentum. In this dreamlike image Goya depicted humans in flight, made possible by a series of pulleys that connect the legs and arms to huge bat-like wings. These fantastic devices are reminiscent of the flying machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Goya may have been showing this dream to be impossible and lunatic or, conversely, he may have been expressing a belief in the power of rational, intelligent man for solving problems and overcoming obstacles.

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A printmaking technique that uses a needle to etch an image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting raised surface, or burr, which holds the ink used in the printmaking process produces a soft, velvety effect.


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Drypoint, Etching, Print


  • Acc. No. GOYA.107
  • Medium Etching, aquatint and drypoint (?) on paper
  • Size 24.50 x 35.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1959