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Emily Lombardo: Select Works from The Caprichos

Emily Lombardo: Select Works from The Caprichos

Emily Lombardo

The Caprichos, by Emily Lombardo, is a series of 80 etchings which are in direct conversation and homage to Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos, 1799. Both reveal the dark underbelly of cultural movements which ultimately serve to divide society across economic, racial, political, religious, and gender lines.

Goya's series explores the artist’s dissatisfaction and disgust with humanity’s follies during the Enlightenment, a period in which much of the Western world embraced reason and scientific discovery, yet the artist’s native Spain experienced devastating wars, economic humiliation, and religious fanaticism. Though inspired by his own society, Goya’s prints expose humanity’s universal failings. They reveal the dangerous tendency of all cultural movements to give way to fascism and inequity.

Lombardo continues this investigation within the modern, globalized world, bringing these same issues into contemporary light through a queer feminist lens. Using Goya’s work as a point of departure, Lombardo showcases recognizable figures and events to critique everything from international politics and the art market to gender roles and societal expectations. The use of recognizable politicians, celebrities, events, and institutions make The Caprichos instantly accessible to present-day viewers.

This viewing room presents 10 etchings from Lombardo’s The Caprichos series. For all images from the set, please contact Childs Gallery.

Image Credit:

Childs Gallery, Boston

The Caprichos engages the audience to ponder the congruence of past and present, resulting in an intimate recognition of the historical patterns of human behavior.

Emily Lombardo

Emily Lombardo

Self Portrait, from The Caprichos

2013

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 1 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '1'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'Emily Lombardo / Printer'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo

Love and Death, from The Caprichos

2014

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 10 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '10'; titled in the plate lower center: 'Love and Death.'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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All 80 etchings from Emily Lombardo's The Caprichos series as displayed at the 2016 IFPDA Print Fair.

Emily Lombardo

They've already got a seat, from The Caprichos

2014

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 26 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '26'; titled in the plate lower center: 'They've already got a seat.'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo

Why hide them?, from The Caprichos

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 30 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '30'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'Why hide them?'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo

A bad night, from The Caprichos

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 36 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '36'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'A bad night'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo

Of what ill will she die?, from The Caprichos

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 40 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '40'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'Of what ill will she die?'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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No more no less, from The Caprichos

Emily Lombardo

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 41 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '41'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'No more no less'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

Emily Lombardo

The fox, from The Caprichos

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 50 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '50'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'The Fox'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo

Merz

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 57 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '57'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'The filiation'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

Emily Lombardo

It is better to be lazy, from The Caprichos

2016

9 x 6 inches

Etching and aquatint

Edition of 12. Plate 73 from the series The Caprichos. Inscribed in the plate top right: '73'; inscribed in the plate lower center: 'It is better to be lazy'. Numbered, signed, and dated in pencil.

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Emily Lombardo's work weaves cultural and historical references to bring focus to marginalized narratives. Her practice often uses classical methods of printmaking to create timeless works of social critique.

Lombardo’s solo museum show, The Caprichos: Lombardo and Goya, at the Academy Art Museum in Maryland, featured 80 etchings by both artists. Her work has shown both nationally and internationally, most recently at Smack Mellon, La Mama Galleria and HERE Art Space in NYC, and Childs Gallery in Boston.

Lombardo is a 2020 AIM Resident at the Bronx Museum in NY. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in 2016 and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Fellowship in 2017.

Her work is in the permanent collections of The Academy Art Museum in Maryland, The Mead Museum at Amherst College, Boston Public Library, Wheaton College, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in Boston, MA. Emily Lombardo lives and works in New York.

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