Francisco de Goya

Two Boys Looking at a Book (Dos niños mirando un libro)

Two Boys Looking at a Book (Dos niños mirando un libro)
Datos Generales
1824 - 1825
Museum of Art - Rhode Island of Design, Providence, United States
5.2 x 5.3 cm
Técnica y soporte
Watercolor on ivory
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
Museum of Art - Rhode Island of Design
Ficha: realización/revisión
16 May 2010 / 14 Apr 2021

See Maja and Celestina.

This work belonged to the collection of Edward Habich, in Cassel. It was put on sale in Stuttgart between 27 and 28 April 1899 and was acquired by Gustav Radeke. It later entered the collection of the institute that houses it today.

Análisis artístico

For the artistic and technical analysis of the complete series, see Maja and Celestina.

Here we see two boys, one slightly older than the other, perhaps brothers, looking at a book. Going by their expressions, it appears that their reading material is something forbidden, which they are looking at in secret. Sayre points out the resemblance between these boys and those listening attentively to the reader's voice in the lithograph Woman Reading.

  • The changing image: prints by Francisco de Goya
    Museum of Fine Arts
    From October to December 1974. Exhibited also at The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, January to March 1975
  • Goya. El Capricho y la Invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    from November 18th 1993 to February 15th 1994. Exhibited also at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, March 18th to June 12th 1994 and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, July 16th to October 16th 1994, consultant editors Manuela B. Mena Marqués and Juliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Goya’s last Works
    The Frick Art Collection
    New York
    consultant editors Jonathan Brown and Susan Grace Galassi. From February 22nd to May 14th 2006
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Eleanor Sayre
    Goya’s Bordeaux miniatures, , , Boston, 1966
    Museum of Fine Arts Boston BulletinLXIV n.337
    p. 118, cat. 15
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 357, 362, cat. 1687
  • vol. I, p. 386, cat. 749
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 136, cat. 678
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. IV, p. 219
  • WILSON-BAREU, Juliet
    Goya. El capricho y la invención. Cuadros de gabinete, bocetos y miniaturas
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    pp. 324-325, 381, cat. 107 y p. 328 (il.
  • BROWN, Jonathan y GALASSI, Susan Grace
    Goya’s last works
    New YorkThe Frick Collection and Yale University Press
    2006, p. 132, cat. 15 y p. 133 (il.)
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