Modo de Volar (A Way of Flying); from the "Disparates" series, plate 13

Drawn and etched about 1815–17; printed about 1848–54
Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)

Catalogue Raisonné

Harris 260, II, 1; Delteil 214; Gassier & Wilson 1591


Platemark: 24.4 x 35.5 cm (9 5/8 x 14 in.) Sheet: 27.2 x 37.7 cm (10 11/16 x 14 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching, aquatint, emery stone, and tonal scratches; posthumous impression

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Black ink bevel
GW: 1591. Posthumous impression, printed about 1848-1854 (H. II, 1 as “Trial Proof”).

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).


Verso: MFA stamp in brown ink (Lugt 282) with acc. no. in graphite


Henri M. Petiet (b. 1894 - d.1980), Paris; 1965 purchased by the MFA (Accession Date: March 10, 1965).

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund