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Pretty Teacher! (Linda maestra!)

1797-1798, published 1799
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

With his strong aversion to superstition, Goya often portrayed scenes of witches and their rituals. This ironically titled print captures the moment when a haggard, old witch initiates a young woman into her practices. The nude women are accompanied by a night owl—a Spanish slang term for prostitute—that suggests a deeper meaning to the nocturnal scene.

Goya expertly manipulates his etched lines to describe a broad range of textures, from the wind-whipped hair of the women and the bristles of the broom to the foliage in the foreground.

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