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For being of Jewish ancestry

Height: 205.000 mm
Width: 142.000 mm

PD 1862-7-12-187

“For being of Jewish ancestry”

From: Spain
Date: about AD 1814-24

The kings and people of Spain were members of the Catholic Church, and they wanted everyone living in their country to be Catholic. They formed a group called the Inquisition to hunt out and punish those people, like Jews, who held other faiths.

Goya y Lucientes was the most famous painter in Spain. He thought that punishing people for having a different religion was wrong. Goya drew this picture of Jewish people being forced to wear tall hats and paper tunics by a Catholic priest and a soldier holding a sword. The title shows his disgust with what is happening.