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Goya: Yo lo vi – Ich sah es – I Saw It

12 August 2022

This exhibition at the Scharf–Gerstenberg Collection in Berlin (19 August–6 November) takes its name from the published edition of the 44th plate from Goya’s print series Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) (1810–20) which bears the inscription ‘Yo lo vi’ (I saw it). Depicting a caravan of people fleeing a war-torn town, the plate’s inscription suggests that the work was based on the artist’s personal experience of conflict and denounces the occupation by Napoleonic troops. The exhibition also includes the series of La Touromaquia (1814–16), which depicts scenes of bull-fighting and the darker, dream-like series Los Disparates (1819–1823). Find out more on the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection’s website.

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Plate 61 from Los Caprichos (1799–89), Francisco de Goya. Photo: Dietmar Katz, Berlin; courtesy Sammlung Julietta Scharf, Berlin

Plate 52 from Los Caprichos (1799–80), Francisco de Goya. Photo: Dietmar Katz, Berlin; courtesy Sammlung Julietta Scharf, Berlin

Plate 1 from Los Desastres de la Guerra (1810–20), Francisco de Goya. Photo: Dietmar Katz, Berlin; courtesy Sammlung Julietta Scharf, Berlin

Plate 38 from Los Caprichos (1799–80), Francisco de Goya. Photo: Dietmar Katz, Berlin; courtesy Sammlung Julietta Scharf, Berlin;

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