About this artwork
Four decades after the artist’s death, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts acquired 18 intaglio plates from an unfinished series by Goya. In an attempt to ascribe a theme to their enigmatic imagery, the prints were published with the title Los Proverbios (Proverbs). A handful of early trial proofs were later discovered on which the artist had inscribed Disparate, which roughly translates as folly, nonsense, absurdity, or fantasy.
In this print, a group of women use a blanket to toss straw or rag dolls in the air. Hidden in the blanket are a muscular figure and a donkey. Inscriptions on proof print read, “The game is played with asses,” perhaps referring to the gullibility of those who fall for female trickery.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
- Heavier than a Dead Donkey, plate 1 from Los Proverbios
- Made 1815–1817
- Etching and aquatint, with scratches, in brown on ivory wove paper
- 215 × 324 mm (image); 245 × 355 mm (plate); 353 × 487 mm (sheet)
- The Charles Deering Collection