Goya Portraits Exhibition at the National Gallery

. October 25, 2015

The National Gallery London has opened an exhibition of Goya paintings on view through 10 January 2016.

Francisco de Goya, ‘The Duchess of Alba’, 1797. On Loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York A102 © Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York

Francisco de Goya, ‘The Duchess of Alba’, 1797. On Loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York A102 © Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) is one of Spain’s most celebrated artists. He was an incisive social commentator, considered (even during his own lifetime) as a supremely gifted painter who took the genre of portraiture to new heights. Goya saw beyond the appearances of those who sat before him, subtly revealing their character and psychology within his portraits.
Born before Mozart and Casanova, and surviving Napoleon, Goya’s life spanned more than 80 years during which he witnessed a series of dramatic events that changed the course of European history. ‘Goya: The Portraits’ will trace the artist’s career, from his early beginnings at the court in Madrid to his appointment as First Court Painter to Charles IV, and as favourite portraitist of the Spanish aristocracy. It will explore the difficult period under Joseph Bonaparte’s rule and the accession to the throne of Ferdinand VII, before concluding with his final years of self-imposed exile in France.

This landmark exhibition will bring to Trafalgar Square more than 60 of Goya’s most outstanding portraits from both public and private collections around the world. These include works that are rarely lent, and some which have never been exhibited publicly before, having remained in possession of the descendants of the sitters. The exhibition will show the variety of media Goya used for his portraits; from life-size paintings on canvas, to the miniatures on copper and his fine black and red chalk drawings. Organised chronologically and thematically, we will for the first time be able to engage with Goya’s technical, stylistic, and psychological development as a portraitist.

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Category: Art Culture

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