Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos)

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos)
Plate 43 from the series Los Caprichos (The Caprices)

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746 - 1828

Geography:
Printed in Madrid, Spain, Europe

Date:
1797-1798, published 1799

Medium:
Etching and aquatint

Dimensions:
Plate: 8 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches (21.3 x 14.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1949-97-9

Credit Line:
Purchased with the SmithKline Beckman Corporation Fund, 1949

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Label:
Goya 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.