Desastres de la Guerra

Desastres de la Guerra

Francisco de Goya
Desastres de la Guerra


An exclusive work created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of Independence, a conflict that one of the greatest painters of the age, Francisco de Goya, depicted in his series Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of War). A critical spectator of the age and of the war, Goya made a series of engravings in which he reflected his most profound thoughts. 

ARTIKA, in conjunction with the Fuendetodos Museum of Engraving, is publishing Goya’s most emblematic graphic work in a single, limited edition of 2,998 numbered copies. 

Presented in a velvet-lined tray, the facsimile reproductions of 80 prints, printed both front and back, are the central feature of Desastres de la Guerra, in which the artist turns the reader into a participant of the events that he witnessed at first-hand. 

Life in wartime Spain is reflected in the selection of texts from the book Testigos de una época (Witnesses of an age), which includes letters, proclamations, songs and advertisements from those times. 

In the Study Book, specialists on Goya’s engravings write on the graphic work itself and the author, analysing the prints, the methods used and the preparatory drawings, and explaining the artist’s creative process. 

As a final touch, the work includes a bronze plate embossed with Goya’s signature, as a small homage to the basic material the artist used for his engraving plates. 

All the elements in this unique piece come in a handmade box, lined with cotton cloth and with a self-portrait of the artist printed inside the box and an enlargement of his signature on the exterior.

Desastres de la Guerra


Desastres de la Guerra


Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 1

Graphic art experts check the printing of the different prints, using the stochastic screening technique to ensure maximum fidelity to the original.

Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 2

The tray that contains the prints is handmade and lined with flocked burgundy suedette.

Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 3

Individually die-cut and printed on both sides, the prints are numbered and faithfully reproduce the first edition of 1863.

Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 4

The handmade box contains a protective insert. A self-portrait of Goya is printed on the interior of the box.

Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 5

An enlargement of the artist’s signature has been printed on the outside of the box. The signature that appears on print number 27 has been used for this purpose.

Desastres de la Guerra - Proceso de producción - Paso 6

The tray, which features Goya’s signature, fits snugly next to the two books in this work: Estudios (Studies) and Testigos de una época (Witnesses of an age).

Desastres de la Guerra


Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Estuche
  • - Hand-made box lined with dark-grey Gematex 180 cotton cloth, embossed in black both inside and outside
  • - Contains high-density foam insert
  • - Size: 47 x 56 x 15 cm
  • - Total weight of piece: 14.5 kg
Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Bandeja
  • - Fabric: double-sided flocked burgundy suedette
  • - Wood base lined with flocked burgundy
  • - Lateral stops: cardboard lined with flocked burgundy
  • - Embossed with Goya’s signature
Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Estampas
  • - Facsimile reproduction of 80 prints
  • - Size of paper: 23.3 x 31.8 cm
  • - Paper: Modigliani Bianco, 145 g
  • - Printed on both sides and stuck with two drops of glue on the left side
  • - Seal of certification for each print, featuring the logo of the Fuendetodos Engraving Museum
  • - Individually die-cut, according to the outline of the original
Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Libro de Estudios
Study Book
  • - Number of pages: 344
  • - Cover embossed in black
  • - Matt coated paper, 130 g
  • - Printed in four colours
  • - Bound in cotton cloth, padded stiff cardboard and round spine
  • - Headings in burgundy
  • - Size: 29 x 34 cm
Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Testigos de una época
Book: “Testigos de una época”
  • - Pages: 352
  • - Matt coated paper, 130 g
  • - Printed in two colours – black and burgundy
  • - Bound in burgundy flocked padded stiff cardboard, with round spine
  • - Headings in grey
  • - Coloured edging
  • - Size: 13 x 21 cm
Desastres de la Guerra - Technical specifications - Placa de cobre
Copper plate
  • - Reproduction (enlarged by seven times) of the signature of Goya’s that appears on print 27, Caridad
  • - Material: copper
  • - Size: 6 x 6 cm
  • - 2 mm thick
Desastres de la Guerra


Francisco de Goya

(1746-1828) A forerunner to the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century, the great Spanish painter and engraver marked the beginning of modern painting by anticipating every artistic movement that would later emerge in Europe. As a consequence, he is considered to be one of the great masters of the history of art. Goya’s work represents a spectacular portrayal of the evolution, ages and characteristics of Spanish life and history. In his final years, Goya became hermit-like and solitary, though it was during this period that he created his finest works, like the visionary Black Paintings.