Goya's Los Caprichos: An Enlightened Bestiary

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This paper discusses research on Francisco de Goya's series Los Caprichos. A semiotic analysis of Francisco de Goya's prints 'Todos Caeran' and 'Devota Profesion' examines how Goya modifies the medieval iconography of the siren, the owl, and the ass to embody immoral aspects of contemporary Spanish society.

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Thompson, Julie & Donahue-Wallace, Kelly, 1968- April 14, 2011.

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This paper discusses research on Francisco de Goya's series Los Caprichos. A semiotic analysis of Francisco de Goya's prints 'Todos Caeran' and 'Devota Profesion' examines how Goya modifies the medieval iconography of the siren, the owl, and the ass to embody immoral aspects of contemporary Spanish society.

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Abstract: Sinful behavior was ubiquitous despite the religious fervor of the Middle Ages and the Inquisition in eighteenth century Spain. To simplify church doctrine the medieval clergy employed the bestiary, a manuscript that categorizes animals and fantastic creatures by traits that symbolize moral behavior. This analysis argues that the iconography and allegories found within medieval bestiaries influenced prints depicting human, animal , and hybrid figures within Francisco de Goya's (1746-1838) series 'Los Caprichos'. However, in contrast to the medieval bestiary which employs animal symbolism for morally didactic purposes, Goya reworks the composition of bestial allegories in order to enlighten the viewer on the immortality that is innate, universal, and destructive to humanity. Accordingly, a semiotic analysis of Francisco de Goya's prints 'Todos Caeran' and 'Devota Profesion' examines how Goya modifies the medieval iconography of the siren, the owl, and the ass to embody immoral aspects of contemporary Spanish society.

Eighth Annual University Scholars Day, 2011, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2011
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Presentation for the 2011 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on Francisco de Goya's series, "Los Caprichos."

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Thompson, Julie & Donahue-Wallace, Kelly, 1968-. Goya's Los Caprichos: An Enlightened Bestiary, paper, April 14, 2011; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84365/: accessed July 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.