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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Artist: Francisco Goya (Spanish, 1746 - 1828)

Date: n.d.a.
Medium: Aquatint
Overall: 11 3/4 x 7 3/4in. (29.8 x 19.7cm)
Image: 7 1/8 x 4 3/4in. (18.1 x 12.1cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 71.18
Label Text
In the final years of the 18th century Goya produced a series of eighty prints titled Los Caprichos ("fantasy" or "an expression of imagination"). The series is a scathing commentary on the follies, superstitions, and prejudices of humankind. This famous image from the series-a trenchant critique of his age's Enlightenment ideals-is a brilliant illustration of the idea that when the rational side of mankind's brain is held in check, his dark emotions and nightmarish visions are unleashed.

April 2012

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