This looks interesting.
This is one of my favorite of Los Caprichos. Do you have any guesses as to what it might be trying to say?
It's hard to say!
In this scene, a donkey is represented in his bedclothes, studying his lineage of past donkeys. The donkey is supposed to represent the aristocracy and the contradiction that as the "enlightened ones," they are nothing more than jackasses.
It also comments on the idea of lineage and, specifically, the ridiculousness of one Prime Minister who was said to have hired genealogists to uncover his venerable origins. The family tree they prepared was so large and absurd that it claimed he was the descendant of the Gothic Kings of Spain.
I think it is one of his most searing and visually effective of Goya's critiques.
Yes, I've seen it for a long time now but didn't know what it meant.
Thank you so much.