The Greedy Friars – 13

13 – Están calientes (Nice and Warm)

The thirteenth print in the Los Caprichos series shows three men in friars’ robes seated at a13 - Están_calientes table, eating. The friars possess grotesque, skeletal faces and are depicted with their mouths wide open as they shovel food in. A fourth figure in the background carries a tray of bread or cakes.

The print is clearly meant to criticise those in the Catholic church who took advantage of their position to make themselves comfortable at the expense of their charges and duties. Goya writes, ‘Stupid friars stuff themselves in their refectories while they laugh at the world, gobbling their food down while it is still boiling hot. And, of course, afterwards, they keep themselves nice and warm!’

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