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An image of Pretty teacher! by Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes
Alternate image of Pretty teacher! by Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

(Spain 1746 – 1828)

Pretty teacher!
Alternative title:
Linda maestra!
Media category
Materials used
etching, aquatint and drypoint
First edition of 1799

18.4 x 12.3 cm image; 21.0 x 15.0 cm platemark; 31.0 x 22.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., incised in plate "Goya". Not dated.
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Tomás Harris, Goya. Engravings and Lithographs. Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1964, 145 (illus.). no.103

Exhibition history (1)

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014