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A caza de dientes (Out Hunting for Teeth)
  • Francisco de Goya
    born: Fuentetodos, Spain ; died: Bordeaux, France
  • A caza de dientes (Out Hunting for Teeth), 1797–1798
  • Los Caprichos
  • Where object was made: Spain
  • etching, aquatint
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 181 x 118 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 7 1/8 x 4 5/8 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 216 x 151 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 5 15/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 292 x 205 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 8 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0008
Catalogue raisonné

This is plate number 12 from the series of Goya's 80 aquatint etchings published as Los Caprichos in 1799. Here a young woman pulls the teeth from a hanged man because of their value in sorcery. She stands on tip-toes and covers her face in fear. Goya uses the aquatint and contrasting white ground of the paper to great effect in creating dramatic nocturnal effects.