Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
Mala Noche from Los Caprichos
date unknown
(First published 1799)

Etching and burnished aquatint
7 7/8 × 11 3/8 inches (20 × 28.9 cm)


Los Caprichos is a set of eighty satirical etchings by Francisco Goya, first published together as an album in 1799. In his wide-ranging critique of eighteenth-century Spanish society, Goya depicted a variety of subjects, which Goya himself described as “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society.”1

Mala noche, which translates as “A bad night,” depicts two women who are surprised by an intense gust of wind. The woman in the foreground has her skirt lifted over her head.

1 Robert Hughes,Goya (New York: Knopf, 2003), 181.