an elephant on the viewer's right looks toward a small group of four figures on the left; the four figures are in long robes and hold up papers to the elephant; a white semi-circle behind the elephant gives the impression of a body of water and a back mass in the back L gives the impression of a cliff or wall

Disparate: Otra Leyes per el Pueblo, c. 1820

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Four men dressed as Moors cower in the corner before a massive elephant. One of the men holds up a book and extends a collar studded with bells in his other hand. This image is part of Goya’s "Disperates" or "Proverbios," dreamlike images that resist firm interpretation. One thought on this image is that the elephant represents the large and powerful public and that the Moors represent the elite who try to control the masses with their laws.

Details
Title
Disparate: Otra Leyes per el Pueblo
Artist Life
1746–1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.133.6
Provenance
John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn. (until d. 2012); by descent to his daughter Catherine Andrus, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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an elephant on the viewer's right looks toward a small group of four figures on the left; the four figures are in long robes and hold up papers to the elephant; a white semi-circle behind the elephant gives the impression of a body of water and a back mass in the back L gives the impression of a cliff or wall