Goya’s life was one of extremes, from an esteemed portraitist of royalty and Madrid society to the isolated and sardonic critic of the established social order. From working at the royal tapestry factory, he rose to become Charles IV’s court painter, a position he managed to retain after Napoleon invaded Spain and installed his brother Joseph on the throne. Goya’s series of etchings entitled The Disasters of War remained unpublished until after his death, for fear of political repercussions. He turned artistic fantasy and invention into a withering social commentary, eventually after mysterious illnesses and suffering from permanent deafness, painting his bleak, embittered ‘black paintings’ while living in isolation before emigrating to France, where he died. This two-day course will use his biographical timeline to explore his life and works.
What you will discover:
- Thorough knowledge of Goya’s life and work
- Understanding of the influence he has had on the art world
- Growing confidence in looking at and interpreting works of art
Credit: Andrew W. Mellon Collection