Woman Carried off by a Horse (El Caballo Raptor)
From the series Los Disparates ("The Follies")
Published as plate 10 in Los Proverbios (The Proverbs) by Real Academia de Nobles Nobles Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, 1864
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746 - 1828. Printed in the workshop of Laurenciano Potenciano, Madrid, mid- 19th century. Published by Real Academia de Nobles Artes de San Fernando.
Never completed, the print series “Los Disparates (The Follies)” was made by Goya late in his life and published posthumously as Los Proverbios (The Proverbs). The compositions suggest satirical messages that are not always easily deciphered, yet seem to address themes of foolishness, misrepresentation, abuse of authority (political or religious), fears, and fantastic dreams. Goya is known for his innovative and skillful manipulation of broad areas of continuous tone using aquatint, an etching method previously employed by printmakers to imitate ink wash drawings.