(Spain 1746 – 1828)
18.4 x 12.3 cm image; 21.0 x 15.0 cm platemark; 31.0 x 22.0 cm sheet
Plate 68 from 'Los caprichos', first edition 1799
In Goya’s ‘Los caprichos’ series, the young and the old, clergy and nobility, peasants and prostitutes, witches and goblins all coexist in a dark netherworld of moral corruption. In this print we find a wrinkled old witch instructing a novice in witchcraft by showing her how to fly on a broom. The ironic title (‘Pretty teacher!’) implies that the old witch is certainly no role model and corrupts rather than educates the young novice. The reversed broom, protruding suggestively between the novice’s thighs, seems to indicate that she is also being instructed in libidinous acts.
Tomás Harris, Goya. Engravings and Lithographs. Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1964, 145 (illus.). no.103
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014