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What a golden beak! (Que pico de oro!)

Accession Number
2008/1.152.53

Title
What a golden beak! (Que pico de oro!)

Artist(s)
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Object Creation Date
1799

Medium & Support
etching, burnished aquatint and burin on paper

Dimensions
12 in x 8 in (30.48 cm x 20.32 cm);8 3/8 in x 5 5/16 in (21.27 cm x 13.49 cm);8 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in (21.59 cm x 14.92 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

Label copy
Plate 53
What a golden beak!
(Que pico de oro!)
Etching, burnished aquatint, and burin
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund, 2008/1.152.53
Commentary: This looks a bit like an academic meeting. Perhaps the parrot is speaking about medicine? However, don’t believe a word he says. There is many a doctor who has a “golden beak” when he is talking, but when he comes to prescriptions, he’s a Herod; he can ramble on about pains, but can’t cure them: he makes fools of sick people and fills the cemeteries with skulls.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area
Western

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