And So Was His Grandfather (Asta su Abuelo)
Plate 39 from the series Los Caprichos (Caprices)

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

Printed in Madrid, Spain, Europe

1797-1798, published 1799


Plate: 8 3/8 x 6 inches (21.3 x 15.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

* Gallery 123, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, first floor (Korman Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Bloomfield Moore Fund, 1950

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One of Goya's favored targets for criticism was the stupidity and vanity of the aristocracy. Here, Goya depicts a ridiculous ass as a member of the nobility, whose attention is consumed by his family tree and pedigree.

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