Goya & Dalí: Los Caprichos

  • Visual arts
  • New York
  • Fri, March 06 —
    Sat, April 04, 2015
Goya & Dalí: Los Caprichos

Instituto Cervantes New York revisits Goya through the work of Dalí on the former’s series of prints Los Caprichos.

Dalí shows us a total work of art, consistent with Goya’s thinking, marked by a programmatic and enlightened character that reconciles the multiple sources of knowledge from Baroque tradition, the Classical world and the French Encyclopedists. The exhibition features 40 prints, 17 by Goya and 23 by Dalí, inviting us to discover two great masters through intelligence and humor.

About los Caprichos de Goya

227 years after the birth of Spanish master Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali had an idea to transform Goya’s Los Caprichos and present a new work.

Goya’s Los Caprichos was an artistic experiment exposing the foolish superstitions in 18th century Spanish society. Goya described the series as depicting the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance, or self-interest have made usual. The body of work was withdrawn from public sale before their planned release in 1799. Only a formal order from King Carlos IV kept Goya from being called before the Spanish Inquisition.

In 1973 Salvador Dali created a metamorphosis of Goya’s suite into a colorful surrealist masterpiece. From the numbered edition of 200, each piece is hand signed by Salvador Dali and is a genuine rarity for the Dali and Goya admirers.


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Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017


Free and open to the public. Visiting hours: Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 7:30pm; Saturday, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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Instituto Cervantes New York


Organized by Instituto Cervantes New York in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.



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