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Francisco de Goya

Desastres de la Guerra


Year: 2009


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.

The production process

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

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

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

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

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.

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).

Technical specifications

  • 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
  • Fabric: double-sided flocked burgundy suedette
  • Wood base lined with flocked burgundy
  • Lateral stops: cardboard lined with flocked burgundy
  • Embossed with Goya’s signature
  • 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
    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
    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
    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