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Sad forebodings of what is to come

Sad forebodings of what is to come

Technical details

  • Author Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
  • Title Sad forebodings of what is to come
  • Timeline 1810-1814, published in 1863
  • Technique Aquafortis, drypoint, burin and burnisher


The striking image of the print that opens the Desastres, which Goya would have made late in the series, in 1814–1815, at the time of his Caprichos Enfáticos ("Emphatic Caprices"), comes as a tremendous shock to the sensibilities of the viewer. A man kneels in the gloom, arms open in a gesture of despair, as he looks towards the heavens and wonders: what reason is there for the disaster facing Spain and the Spanish people?

By his posture, the protagonist is a secular forerunner for the religious version of Christ in Christ on the Mount of Olives, a small painting that Goya would present to the Escolapio priests at the San Antón School in Madrid.

Location in the museum

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