The Captivity is as Barbarous as the Crime (c.1815) by Francisco Goya

The Captivity is as Barbarous as the Crime - Francisco Goya - c.1815

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TitleThe Captivity is as Barbarous as the Crime
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions11 x 8.5 cm
Art MovementRomanticism

About The Captivity is as Barbarous as the Crime

The artwork titled “The Captivity is as Barbarous as the Crime” was created by the renowned artist Francisco Goya circa 1815. This piece, executed in etching on paper, measures 11 by 8.5 centimeters and belongs to the Romanticism movement. Goya, known for his critical and often somber reflections on society, presents the subject of this work in a manner typical of the caricature genre.

In the artwork, a figure is portrayed in a state of anguished restraint. The central subject appears to be bound at the wrists, with heavy chains exaggerated in size to emphasize the extremity of the captivity. The figure’s face is mostly obscured by the darkness and positioning, but the sense of torment and despair is palpable from the overall posture and the visible part of the facial expression. Goya’s use of strong contrasts between light and shadow, as well as the detailed representation of the chains, underscores the brutality of the subject’s bondage. The stark simplicity of the composition accentuates the theme of suffering and condemns the inhumanity of the depicted confinement. The artist’s mastery of etching is evident in the textures and fine lines that convey the distressing mood of the work.

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