About this artwork

In this self-portrait Goya has depicted himself at the age of fifty-one. This was the first etching in a series he created called Los caprichos (the caprices or fantasies). Los caprichos are a remarkable group of 80 works, which explore dramatic and irrational themes; they were the first series of etchings Goya produced for sale as a single set. They were made at a time of social upheaval and economic crisis in Spain, and reflect Goya’s own liberal beliefs about how society must change in order to progress. The prints address a range of themes that largely deal with human vice, from the Spanish Inquisition and church corruption, to child rearing. The various ‘scenes’ are acted out by a diverse cast that includes animals, goblins, fools and monks.

  • title:
    Francisco Goya Y Lucientes (Self-Portrait), Plate 1 of Los Caprichos
  • accession number:
    P 1917
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  • materials:
    Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin on paper
  • date created:
    1797
  • measurements:
    Plate mark: 21.50 x 15.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1949
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes