GOYA "WITCH AT DAWN" ORIGINAL ETCHING FROM CAPRICHOS - WITH COA
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Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes: "WITCH AT DAWN" also known as"SI AMANECE, NOS VAMOS " ( When Day Break Comes We Will Be Off " ): Original etching with aquatint printed in umber ( dark brown/black ) ink from a beveled copper plate on thick laid paper: Image / plate size ( including text ): approx. 197 x 149 cm ( 7 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches ) wide margins: plate number 71 from the series Los Caprichos: Third Edition ( 1868 ) printed by the Calcografia Nacional for the Real Academia in Madrid: note: this edition was printed on both wove and laid paper ): ( REF: Harris 106; lll ): framed under new museum grade UV protective plexiglas in a fine new gold leafed frame: frame size: 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches.
In this dramatic star light image Goya is said to represent a last cabal of wizards and witches, before the first light of dawn. This Capricho represents the effect of obscurantism and ignorance of Spanish society to believe in the insubstantiality of the demonic realm in which the rational dignity is dishonored and beauty is distorted. Certain peculiarities of the composition seem to offer a pessimistic view, which would contradict the illustrated unalterable optimism. Thus the night (symbolic allusion to the rule of obscurantism) is shown with grandly by the witch who... read more