Trials (1799) by Francisco Goya

Trials - Francisco Goya - 1799

Artwork Information

ArtistFrancisco Goya
Dimensions21 x 15 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Trials

The artwork titled “Trials” is an intriguing creation by Francisco Goya, dating back to 1799. It is executed using the mediums of aquatint and etching on paper, and it is a part of the artist’s celebrated series “Los Caprichos.” This piece falls under the Romanticism art movement and is characterized as a caricature with the dimensions of 21 by 15 centimeters. The current location of this work is in a private collection.

The artwork depicts a dark and somewhat unsettling scene, resonant with Goya’s typical style during this period. In the center, we observe a figure that appears to be part goat and part human, embodying the grotesque qualities often found in caricatures. This hybrid creature is standing on its rear legs, engaging with a nude figure who is lying on the ground, with another figure hovering above them both. Additional elements, including a cat beside a skull and a pot, and scattered items on the floor, contribute to the chaotic and ominous ambiance. There is a theme of disorder, malign influence, or perhaps trial by ordeal, as suggested by the title. The technique used by Goya imbues the scene with a dramatic contrast, enhancing the intensity and unsettling quality of the image. Goya’s masterful use of shading and detail creates a sense of depth and movement, pulling the viewer into a narrative open to interpretation.

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