An image of Pretty teacher!

Francisco de Goya Y Lucientes

(Spain 1746 – 1828)

Pretty teacher!

Location
Not on display
Further information

Plate 68 from 'Los caprichos', first edition 1799

In Goya’s ‘Los caprichos’ series, the young and the old, clergy and nobility, peasants and prostitutes, witches and goblins all coexist in a dark netherworld of moral corruption. In this print we find a wrinkled old witch instructing a novice in witchcraft by showing her how to fly on a broom. The ironic title (‘Pretty teacher!’) implies that the old witch is certainly no role model and corrupts rather than educates the young novice. The reversed broom, protruding suggestively between the novice’s thighs, seems to indicate that she is also being instructed in libidinous acts.

Year
1797-1798
Media
Print
Medium
etching, aquatint and drypoint
Dimensions
18.4 x 12.3 cm image; 21.0 x 15.0 cm platemark; 31.0 x 22.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.l., incised in plate "Goya". Not dated.

Credit
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
397.2012
Provenance
Paul Prouté, Paris/France, Purchased by the AGNSW from Paul Prouté 2012