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Goya | Disasters of War 7

Goya Disparates Plate 7 - What Courage - que valor

The Disasters of War Plate 7
Que Valor!
What Courage!
The woman identified in the image is Augustina Zaragoza
aka Agustina de Aragon
1810 etching
6 inches by 8 1/4 inches - 15.50 x 21.00 cm

Augustina Zaragoza is famous in Spanish history for manning a cannon battery against Napoleon's soldiers during the siege at Saragossa. Arriving at the battery with food for her boyfriend who was a member of the cannon crew, she discovered all of the men dead. Observing the French soldiers approaching, she took charge and single-handedly fired off the weapon to stop the French advance.

Augustina as depicted by Fernando Brambila (courtesy of the British Museum)

Fernando Brambila art of Augustina Zaragoza

The Disasters of War

Index to the Disasters of War

Sad Presentiments of things to come

Plate 1
Fristes presentimientos - Gloomy Presentiments

Que Valor What Courage - Augustina Zaragoza

Plate 7
What Courage! - Que Valor! - Augustina Zaragoza

Goya - the Disasters of War - Plate 32 - Why

Plate 32
Why? - Por qué?

Great Deeds against the dead Goya - Disasters 39

Plate 39
Great deeds against the dead Grande hazaña! Con muertos!

Goya - Nada - Disasters of War Plate 69

Plate 69
Nada. Ello Dira - Nothing


Goya The Terrible Sublime - Graphic Novel - (Spanish Edition) - Amazon

Goya: His Life & Works in 500 Images: An illustrated account of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings – 256 pages, Lorenz Books, 2015 - Amazon

Goya Ephemera

"From this headlong seizure of life we should not expect a calm and refined art, nor a reflective one. Yet Goya was more than a Nietzschean egoist riding roughshod over the world to assert his supermanhood. He was receptive to all shades of feeling, and it was his extreme sensitivity as well as his muscular temerity that actuated his assaults on the outrageous society of Spain." From Thomas Craven's essay on Goya from MEN OF ART (1931).

"...Loneliness has its limits, for Goya was not a prophet but a painter. If he had not been a painter his attitude to life would have found expression only in preaching or suicide." From Andre Malroux's essay in SATURN: AN ESSAY ON GOYA (1957).

"Goya is always a great artist, often a frightening one...light and shade play upon atrocious horrors." From Charles Baudelaire's essay on Goya from CURIOSITES ESTRANGERS (1842).

"[An] extraordinary mingling of hatred and compassion, despair and sardonic humour, realism and fantasy." From the foreword by Aldous Huxley to THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF GOYA (1962).

"His analysis in paint, chalk and ink of mass disaster and human frailty pointed to someone obsessed with the chaos of existence..." From the book on Goya by Sarah Symmons (1998).

"I cannot forgive you for admiring Goya...I find nothing in the least pleasing about his paintings or his etchings..." From a letter to (spanish) Duchess Colonna from the French writer Prosper Merimee (1869).

Los Caprichos Goya - Amazon

GOYA : Los Caprichos - Dover Edition - Amazon

Goya Book - Robert Hughes - 2006

Goya A Life in Letters

Goya: A Life in Letters


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