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Feminine Folly (Disparate Femenino)

c. 1815-1823, published 1864
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828) Printed in the workshop of Laurenciano Potenciano, Madrid (mid- 19th century) Published by Real Academia de Nobles Artes de San Fernando
This scene of six young women tossing two rag or straw dolls into the air at first appears to portray an innocent children’s game, a subject Goya had addressed in paintings early in his career. A closer look, however, reveals the curious presence of a man and a donkey nearly obscured in the blanket. This disquieting inclusion adds a bizarre element to the imagery that might otherwise be interpreted as a carnival scene or an allegory of women’s playful manipulation of men.

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