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
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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.