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Title

Pretty teacher!


Artist

Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

Spain

1746 - 1828


About

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.


Details


Alternative title

Linda maestra!


Date

1797-1798


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, aquatint and drypoint


Edition

First edition of 1799


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

397.2012


Artist information

Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

Works in the collection

13


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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