AWE (A Woman’s Experience)


Heidi Herrera


Francisco Goya, Disasters of War, wartime rape, depictions of rape, sexual violence, Peninsular War


Although much recent scholarship has been dedicated to Francisco Goya's extensive portrayal of women throughout his career, few have addressed his depiction of sexual violence. This paper seeks to explore the implications of Goya's portrayal of sexual violence within the context of nineteenth-century perceptions of rape in a wartime context.


Heidi Herrera is a senior graduating in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in global women’s studies. After graduation, she will attend UC Davis’ Art History program in the fall with plans to pursue a Ph.D. with an emphasis in representations of the female body in transatlantic modernism.