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Francisco Goya Y Lucientes (Self-Portrait), Plate 1 of Los Caprichos 1797

Not on display

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.


  • Acc. No. GOYA.146
  • Medium Etching, aquatint, drypoint and burin on paper
  • Size 21.50 x 15.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1949