About this artwork

In this sickening image, one of the most extreme in The Disasters of War series, the naked bodies of mutilated, tortured and castrated men are shown hung from a tree as a warning to others. Goya was one of the first artist to reveal the grim reality of warfare, stripped of all chivalry, romance and idealism. He captured something quintessential about modern war which has found resonance with succeeding generations of audiences. This print was controversially adapted in the 1990s by the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. It formed the basis for one of their gory, three-dimensional tableaux, in which scenes from the series were recreated using dismembered mannequins covered in fake blood.

  • title:
    A heroic feat! With dead men! (Grande hazana! Con muertos!), Plate 39 of The Disasters of War
  • accession number:
    P 2704.49
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  • materials:
    Etching, lavis and drypoint on paper
  • date created:
    Etched about 1810 - 1820 (published 1863)
  • measurements:
    Plate mark: 15.50 x 20.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1967

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes