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Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Don’t Scream, Silly (No Grites, Tonta)

Madrid, 1799

Etching with aquatint and drypoint

Plate: 21.5 x 15.8 cm, mount: 56 x 40.5 cm


Plate 74 from Los Caprichos. Goya’s commentary reads: “Poor little Francisca! She was looking for the footman and she met the goblin. But don’t be afraid! The goblin is in a good temper and won’t do her any harm”

Los Caprichos is a series of satirical etchings. The first edition of 1797 consisted of 72 etchings and the final edition of 1799 consisted of 80 etchings.Although the exact subject of this print remains unclear, a number of interpretations revolve around tales of lustful monks calling on women of status. This interpretation appears to be supported by the notable difference in the original sketch for this print in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, where Francesca’s expression is one of fear, while in the final print she smiles coyly.

Purchased 1939 (No. 39.5)

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