Rembrandt is often consider the master of engravings etchings, whilst Francisco Goya is the same for the aquatint method.

In 1799, Goya published a series of aquatints, which he completed simultaneously with commissioned portraits and religious works.

Francisco de Goya, The Garrotted Man (El agarrotado) 1778-80Image: The Met Francisco de Goya, The Garrotted Man (El agarrotado) 1778-80
Image: The Met

Through the medium of etching, Goya explored political themes as well as the existential. El agarrotado, or The Garrotted Man, was one of Goya's earliest explorations of etching. In the piece, Goya explores themes of justice, as he portrays a prisoner with wrists bound and a hinged iron collar closed around his neck. This work was a precursor for his Disasters of War series that he created more than 30 years after El agarrotado, in 1810. The series is a brutal and frank depictions of conflict.

Los Disparates (1864) Νο. 10: El caballo raptor (Kidnapping horse)Image: Museo del Prado Los Disparates (1864) Νο. 10: El caballo raptor (Kidnapping horse)
Image: Museo del Prado

Between 1815 to 1823, Goya created the Los disparates series of aquatints and etchings. The series, which is part of the collection of Museo Nacional del Prado, features enigmatic drawings of dream-like scenes that explore political topics, proverbs and the Spanish carnival.

Goya, Francisco de.- ''Tauromaquia'': Círculo de Bellas Artes, 1921 Goya, Francisco de.- ''Tauromaquia'': Círculo de Bellas Artes, 1921

Up for auction this month at Spain's Duran is a collection of 40 original engravings, aquatints and etchings by Goya, the fifth edition, last made with the original plates, and a copy of an edition of 200.

The sale at Duran will take place on 22nd December, 2016. Check out the full catalogue here.

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