contemporary binding: mottled calf, gilt tooled with a green panel on spine lettered: CAPRICH DE GOYA; endpapers: contemporary Spanish marbled papers

Franco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor, 1798-1799

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Francisco Goya’s series Los Caprichos contains layers of meaning that even today challenge the modern viewer. Mia’s copy is a rare presentation proof containing early printings of all eighty images. In the first half, Goya explored themes of superstition, sensuality, greed, and violence with scenes set in Spanish brothels, salons, and prisons. The second half is given over to fantastic images from the artist’s dreams and nightmares. Even though Goya tried to disguise his attacks on Spanish society, he withdrew the set from sale because he had been reported to the Inquisition, a tribunal that ruled with lethal authority.

Details
Title
Franco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor
Artist Life
1746–1828
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.83.57.1
Provenance
Hans Wolff, Antiquariat, Munich (extract from May, 1930 catalogue tipped in); Paul Leemann, Zurich (Ex-Libris see Lugt Suppl. 2095a); Sale Sotheby's, New York, November 19, 1982, lot 507 (est. KO-PROM, sold for STM + 10%); (David Tunick, Inc., New York); sold to MIA, 1983 (paid PLTM, less ATM in trade for a first edition set of Los Caprichos deaccessioned from the collection).
Catalogue Raisonne
Harris 36-115; Delteil 38-117
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contemporary binding: mottled calf, gilt tooled with a green panel on spine lettered: CAPRICH DE GOYA; endpapers: contemporary Spanish marbled papers