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Disparate punctual (Una Reina dal circo) (Punctual Folly or The Queen of the Circus), from the series Los Disparates

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Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Disparate punctual (Una Reina dal circo) (Punctual Folly or The Queen of the Circus), from the series Los Disparates, ca. 1816 or later; first printing 1877 in L'Art, etching and aquatint on cream laid paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection, public domain, 78.52.298

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Title

Disparate punctual (Una Reina dal circo) (Punctual Folly or The Queen of the Circus), from the series Los Disparates

Related Titles

series (original language): Los Disparates

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828)

Date

ca. 1816 or later; first printing 1877 in L'Art

Medium

etching and aquatint on cream laid paper

State

2nd state

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 8 9/16 in x 12 13/16 in; sheet: 10 3/4 in x 15 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: plate lower left Goya inv. et sc.; lower center Una Reina Del Circo/ (Une reine du Cirque); plate lower right Fcois Lienard. Imp. Paris

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

Spanish

Credit Line

The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection

Accession Number

78.52.298

Copyright

public domain

Terms

aquatint

etching

horse

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

Description

Artists frequently use the motif of the circus to satirize society in their graphic art. Here, Goya conflates two circus acts: acrobatic riding and tightrope walking to create the illusion of awe-inspiring balance before an audience. At closer inspection, however, the performance proves to be a trick, for the rope is not suspended but firmly planted on the ground by the horse's hooves, and the audience is not watching, but sleeping. Goya is likely commenting on the regular occurrence of (or "punctual") gullibility on the part of the general Spanish populace. The only print in the series Los Disparates to use overt circus imagery, this work was issued separately from the rest of the suite; it was published only in 1877, in the French magazine L'Art.

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