Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
Porque Esconderlos? from Los Caprichos
1886

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7 7/8 × 11 3/8 inches (20 × 28.9 cm)

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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 he himself described as “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society.”1

In Porque Esconderlos, or “Why hide them?,” an elderly clergy figure hunches over with an anguished expression, clutching two heavy sacks as other figures look on, smiling.

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