GOYA’S Caprichos

An essay by By Frank I. Heckes examining first edition set of Goya’s Los Caprichos acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria's Department of Prints and Drawings in 1976.

An image by Goya of two women seated side by side, one older, one younger in traditional Spanish dress.

GOYA: Drawings from the Prado Museum

The world-exclusive exhibition Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum features more than 160 works on paper by Francisco Goya (1746–1828), celebrating the artist’s extraordinary imagination.


Goya’s Caprichos - Explore the essay by Frank I. Heckes

This essay examines Goya’s Los Caprichos. This first edition of eighty etchings was published by Goya in book form in 1799.

He announced the publication and sale of the series in the Diario de Madrid on 6 February 1799. 

In 1976 the Department of Prints and Drawings in the National Gallery of Victoria acquired a first edition set of Goya’s Los Caprichos.

Drawings from the Prado Museum

The world-exclusive exhibition Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum features more than 160 works on paper by Francisco Goya (1746–1828), celebrating the artist’s extraordinary imagination.

Goya is considered to be one of the first truly modern artists.

In humorous observations, confronting depictions of violence, and surreal flights of fantasy, he presents a vision of humanity that had no equivalent in the art of his day.

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