Francisco de Goya

What is the use of a cup? (De qué sirve una taza?)

What is the use of a cup? (De qué sirve una taza?)
Datos Generales
Ca. 1812 - 1815
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
172 x 219 mm
Técnica y soporte
Sanguina sobre papel verjurado azul
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
20 Dec 2010 / 14 Sep 2022

38 (on the lower left-hand corner).


See Sad presentiments of what must come to pass.

This drawing, along with the set of preparatory drawing for the rest of the prints in this series, formed part of the Carderera Collection and was subsequently acquired by the Prado Museum where it is currently housed.

Análisis artístico

Goya executed this preparatory drawing in the same way as that produced for the previous print, no. 58, It is no use shouting (No hay que dar voces). The focus is on the central section of the composition, which is depicted in detail and maintained with few changes in the final print. However, the background in the drawing is blurry and ambiguous: it even seems like the scene might be taking place in an enclosed space whose background is populated by the silhouettes of various figures. All these background details are omitted from the print, perhaps with the aim of concentrating the viewer's attention on the central figures in the scene.

  • Los dibujos de Goya
    Museo Provincial de Zaragoza
    exhibition organized by Museo Provincial de Zaragoza, Ministerio de Cultura and Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, exhibition guide written by Miguel Beltrán Lloris and Micaela Pérez Sáenz. October 1978
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 1093
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 208
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