GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de
(b. 1746, Fuendetodos, d. 1828, Bordeaux)

Self-Portrait

1799
Etching and aquatint, 210 x 152 mm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

This is Plate 1 from the series of 80 etchings published in 1799 called Los Caprichos. In these the artist used the popular imagery of caricature in a highly original and inventive form for his first essay in the criticism of political, social and religious abuses, for which he is famous. His mastery of the recently developed technique of aquatint makes these etchings a major achievement in the history of engraving.