Francisco de Goya

Nothing. It will say

Nothing. It will say
Datos Generales
Ca. 1820 - 1823
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
200 x 257 mm
Técnica y soporte
Aguada de sepia y gouache blanca sobre papel
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Undisputed work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
26 Dec 2010 / 25 May 2023

See Sad forebodings of what is to come.

This drawing, like the set of preparatory drawings for the rest of the engravings in the series, was part of the Carderera collection and subsequently passed to the Prado National Museum, where it is now kept.

Análisis artístico

In terms of its dimensions, the type of paper and the technique used, this drawing clearly differs from the rest of the preparatory drawings Goya made for the engravings in the series of The Disasters of War. Its peculiarity has given rise to some doubts which have led specialists such as Gassier to think that the drawing might not be a preparatory work for the engraving No. 69, Nothing. That will tell. 

In an orientation opposite to that of the engraving, we can see the skeleton projected foreshortened in the lower right corner with the head towards the background. The part corresponding to the lower extremities appears to be buried, as well as a hand. The upper part of the torso is painted in intense white. He has also left the left side of the paper free of any image in the area where, in the print, he has painted what is possibly an allegory of Justice. 

Although there are certain similarities between the drawing and the engraving, mainly due to the composition of the scene, it could be assumed that the present work was executed long before the completion of the engraving.

  • SÁNCHEZ CANTÓN. Francisco Javier
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    n. 129
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    cat. 1113
  • GASSIER, Pierre
    Dibujos de Goya, 2 vols
    cat. 217
    El mundo de Goya en sus dibujos
    pp. 166-167
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