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Title

Pretty teacher!

1797-1798

Artist

Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

Spain

1746 - 1828

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

  • Provenance

    Paul Prouté, Paris/France, Purchased by the AGNSW from Paul Prouté 2012

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