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Rare Prints from Francisco Goya at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:28pm -- Peter Fitzpatrick
Francisco Goya turned to printmaking to respond to dramatic changes in society during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
"El Sueno de la razón produce Monstruos" is viewed as a self portrait and his struggles between reason and imagination. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
"A caza de dientes" depicts the popularity of superstition that a hanged mans teeth was the main ingredient of love potions. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
"Disparate de Tontos" was part of the "Los Disparates" or Follies series of grotesque scenes from the depths of Goya's imagination. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
"Ni mas Ni menos" was part of the Los Caprichos series what ridiculed Spanish aristocrats. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
"El Cid spearing another bull" depicts the first person to fight a bull on horseback. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Goya's fascination with the acrobatics and techniques of matadors are reflected in these prints. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Early in these series of prints, the Spanish were often portrayed as protagonists in the war between Spain and France. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The fragmented body parts are somewhat similar to the fragments of classical sculptures which was part of Goya's artistic training. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
The series "Los Desastres de la Guerra" was not published while Goya was alive. His copperplates were purchased from his descendents in 1862. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
A man with bat wings for ears and clawed hands and feet writes in a large book that rests on his lap. He gestures with his left hand. In the background, a bearded figure stands with his arms outstretched. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News
Goya's series, "Bulls of Bordeaux" was done in the medium of lithography and only 100 impressions of each image were made in 1825. Photo: Peter Fitzpatrick/AL DIA News