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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

Printed in Madrid, Spain, Europe

1797-1798, published 1799

Etching and aquatint

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

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

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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.