About this artwork
Francisco de Goya responded to the Peninsular War (1808–11) by creating over 80 etchings critiquing the cruelty and senseless violence that accompanies war. In this print, he depicted a historical event: Augustina of Aragon heroically defending Saragossa, taking over the cannon of her fallen comrades. Because she had already become a woman of legendary status when this print was made, Goya did not show Augustina’s face. Due to the oppressive policies of King Ferdinand VII, these prints were not published until 1863.
- Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
- What Courage!, plate seven from The Disasters of War
- Etching, aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges
- 137 x 187 mm (image); 153 x 205 mm (plate); 240 x 339 mm (sheet)
- Gift of J. C. Cebrian