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May the cord break, plate 77 from The Disasters of War

A work made of etching, burnished aquatint or lavis, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.
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  • A work made of etching, burnished aquatint or lavis, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges.

Date:

1815/20, published 1863

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

As in the nearby Charlatan’s Show, Goya here depicted a member of the Roman Catholic clergy in a critical light. A frocked priest walks a tightrope to keep his congregation distracted from the richness of his attire and its disparity with their rags. With his arms spread to maintain balance, he looks like a swooping bird of prey.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

May the cord break, plate 77 from The Disasters of War

Origin

Spain

Date

Made 1815–1820

Medium

Etching, burnished aquatint or lavis, and drypoint on ivory wove paper with gilt edges

Dimensions

153 × 195 mm (image); 173 × 218 mm (plate); 240 × 340 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of J. C. Cebrian

Reference Number

1920.1382

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