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Will She Rise Again?, c. 1820-1823, printed 1863

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
etching with burnishing on heavy wove paper
Printed by Laurenciano Potenciano
24.5 x 33.8 cm; plate: 17.4 x 21.9 cm
Purchased 1933
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4203)

This plate, the final print in the series, suggests the spiritual resurrection of a buried ideal, a development that finds mixed reaction among many of the bystanders. One figure with clasped hands who kneels behind her head seems to welcome the event, while others, including cloaked figures brandishing clubs and an animal-faced creature about to hurl down a book (undoubtedly, the existing laws of repression under the Inquisition), remain hostile.

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