This is what you were born for. (Para eso habeis nacido.), number 12 of 80; from the series The Disasters of War (Los Desastres de la Guerra)
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Etching and aquatint on paper
First edition, made prior to all corrections
Plate: 6 5/16 × 9 1/4 in. (16.1 × 23.5 cm)
Sheet: 9 5/8 × 12 13/16 in. (24.5 × 32.5 cm)
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Adolph Weil Jr., Class of 1935
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Place Made: Spain, Europe
Not on view
Inscribed, in plate, lower center: Para eso habeis nacido.; inscribed, in plate, upper left: 12; inscribed, in graphite, upper right: 12 Watermark: HGO/Palmette
The disasters of war occur not only to the soldiers fighting and their direct victims, but also to the survivors and witnesses of the conflict’s immediate aftermath. In these prints, Goya depicts moments of sorrow as well as cruelty. Goya suggest that looking upon war can be its own torture: Looking over a pile of dead bodies, a man in Plate 12 can only vomit. In Plate 26, huddled men and women shrink away from advancing bayonets, anticipating their deaths. A child is left orphaned in Plate 50, crying as she follows the men who cart her mother’s body away. Ravaged by fighting, Spain suffered severe famine, represented in Plate 61. Upon seeing their skeletal countryman, two rich men instead turn their backs. The visceral reactions upon seeing horror that these images represent seem intended to provoke a similar response in the viewer.
From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming
FILM 47, From The Fall of the Wall to 9-11: Understanding the New World Disorder, Mark Williams, James Nachtwey, Spring 2013
SPAN 31, Introduction to Hispanic Studies II: 18th and 19th Centuries, Jose del Pino, Winter 2014
SPAN 31, Introduction to Hispanic Studies II: 18th and 19th Centuries, Txetxu Aguado, Winter 2014
Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of Wars, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 8-December 9, 1990.
Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Jaffe Hall Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 4-December 11, 2005.
Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.
Timothy Rub, Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Kelly Pask, "A Gift to the College: The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil Jr. Collection of Master Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1998, listed, p.96, no. 113.
Hilliard T. Goldfarb and Reva Wolf, Fatal Consequences: Callot, Goya, and the Horrors of War, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1990, p. 58, ill. VI.
Barbara Thompson, Fred Wilson, So Much Trouble in the World - Believe It or Not!, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2005.
Date unknown, in the collection of Felix Somary (1881-1956), Vienna and Zurich; sold Sotheby's, New York, May 3, 1978, lot 2; purchased by Adolph Weil, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama; 1991 given to Dartmouth College by Adolph Weil, Jr., Class of 1935.
Delteil 131; Harris 132
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