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What Courage!, plate seven from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching, aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.
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  • A work made of etching, aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.

Date:

1810/12, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

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.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 219

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

What Courage!, plate seven from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

1810–1812

Medium

Etching, aquatint, drypoint, burin, and burnishing on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

137 x 187 mm (image); 153 x 205 mm (plate); 240 x 339 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1312

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