1.01 Pilot: The Spanish Victory Bonds

Romanticism Francisco Goya War Bonds Four Freedoms

Spanish Victory Bonds issued by the US government and adorned with a Goya print do not exist.  Yet, as can be read when following the links above, the US government issued WWII Series E Bond was closely tied with contemporary art, especially Norman Rockwell’s series Four Freedoms. Goya on a war bond however? His ‘The Disasters of War’ series is a protest of the cruelties and violence of the war of his time – the Peninsula War. Up to today they are a monument warning against any armed conflict, comparable to Picasso’s Guernica. A war bond adorned with any of those prints would be a hard sell.

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