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Renounce the Friend Who Covers You with His Wings and Bites You with His Beak, plate five from Los Proverbios

A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and aquatint on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1815/24

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828

About this artwork

Here a strange animal, rather like the griffin of mythology, alights into the dark sky with a couple on its back. Night scenes play a key role in many of Goya’s prints, lending them an ominous tone. A critical component of the foreboding look of the prints is Goya’s masterful use of aquatint, a process involving a grainy ground of resin that prints a light-suffused darkness. In this scene, the night sky becomes a flat cosmic backdrop to the figure’s antics, as they seem to ignore the advice of the print’s title.

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Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Renounce the Friend Who Covers You with His Wings and Bites You with His Beak, plate five from Los Proverbios

Origin

Spain

Date

Made 1815–1824

Medium

Etching and aquatint on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

217 × 326 mm (image); 245 × 353 mm (plate); 332 × 497 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.3314

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