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And so was his Grandfather

And so was his Grandfather

Technical details

  • Author Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Title And so was his Grandfather
  • Timeline 1799
  • Technique Aquatint


Through this asinine image Goya attacked Godoy, for whom genealogists and kings of arms prepared a family tree as long as it was absurd and pretentious, making him a descendent of the Visigothic kings of Spain. The noble ass (his coat of arms is on the side of the desk) amuses himself by contemplating a book containing his long family tree. His numerous ancestors were asses like himself. For the enlightened thinkers, most of the Spanish nobility contributed nothing of value to Spanish society; they wereneither cultured nor concerned about the economy or the country's development.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 2 Goya’s Etchings