El sueño de la razón produce monstruos

Francisco Goya1799

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

In 1799 Goya produced a series of 80 etchings known as Los Caprichos. These 'fantasies' satirise the vices and follies of contemporary Spanish society: Greedy monks, quack doctors, foolish aristocrats and predatory prostitutes are all held up for ridicule.This print acts as a chapter heading for the second part of the series, set in a nightmarish realm where witches and demons conceal the social satire. It shows the artist asleep at a worktable covered in papers and drawing instruments. Night creatures loom out of the darkness and an owl offers him a crayon holder.


  • Title: El sueño de la razón produce monstruos
  • Creator: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
  • Date created: 1799
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 212.00mm; Width: 150.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Medium: Etching
  • Technique: etching; aquatint
  • Subject: allegory/personification; dream/vision
  • Registration number: 1848,0721.43
  • Producer: Print made by Francisco de Goya
  • Material: paper
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum

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