Ravages of war (1810) by Francisco Goya

Ravages of war - Francisco Goya - 1810

Artwork Information

TitleRavages of war
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art (Met), New York City, NY, US

About Ravages of war

“Ravages of War” is an evocative artwork by Francisco Goya, created in 1810. This engraving on paper exemplifies the Romanticism movement and is classed within the genre painting category. Currently, the piece resides at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) in New York City, NY, US.

The artwork is a haunting portrayal of the atrocities of war. It depicts a pile of lifeless bodies, carelessly heaped upon one another, illustrating the sheer brutality and inhumanity of conflict. The central figure appears to be writhing in agony or possibly making a final attempt to escape the carnage. The surrounding darkness further accentuates the scene’s grim nature, suggesting the absence of hope and the pervasive despair caused by war. Every aspect, from the stark contrasts to the dynamic composition, serves to convey a powerful message about the destructive consequences of war on the human condition.

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