Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
El sueño de la razon produce monstruos (The sleep of reason produces monsters)
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Etching and aquatint
Currently not on view
1949-97-9Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1949
LabelGoya originally contemplated using this print as the introductory plate for Los Caprichos, with the images in the rest of the series being the visions of a sleeping artist. He is surrounded by a lynx, ears perked and eyes alert, and a swarm of owls and bats--animals that Goya's contemporaries would have recognized as emblems of ignorance and evil.