Disparate Claro (Evident Folly); from the "Disparates" series, plate 15

Drawn and etched about 1815–17
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 262, I, 2; Delteil 0216; GW: 1594


Platemark: 24.6 x 35.6 cm (9 11/16 x 14 in.) Sheet: 31.1 x 42 cm (12 1/4 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, aquatint with burnishing, direct etching, and tonal scratching; working proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Brown ink.
GW: 1594. Working proof, before number, with bevel, with significant compositional changes; with additional etching; with burnished aquatint, salt aquatint, lavis, and tonal scratches (H. I, 2).

The preferred series title “Disparates” (Follies) is derived from manuscript titles containing the word “Disparate” on fourteen of the working proofs, of which this is one. Beruete and others invented titles containing “Disparate” for the rest, except “Modo de volar” (no. 13).


In brwon ink, u.r., "7", b.c., in Goya's hand, within pm.: "Disparate Claro:; 1.1. in graphite, later notations.


Lefort (?); Dr. Julius Hofmann, Vienna (1840-1913) (Lugt 1264); Robert Hoffman; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (1898-1984); purchased through R. M. Light, Boston June 12, 1974 (original vote June 13, 1973).

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. G. Peabody Gardner and Museum Purchase Funds