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Goya

Author: Sarah Symmons
Publisher: London : Phaidon Press, ©1998.
Series: Art & ideas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Francisco Goya (1746-1828), son of a provincial craftsman, had, by the age of forty, infiltrated the most exclusive aristocracy in Western Europe, becoming court painter to the kings of Spain. But behind his glittering portrayals of the royal family and figures of state was another world of beggars, madmen, convicts, giants and cripples: the inhabitants of the artist's personal vision." "Sarah Symmons' fascinating  Read more...
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Symmons, Sarah.
Goya.
London : Phaidon Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607068840
Named Person: Francisco Goya; Francisco de Goya; Francisco Goya; Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes; Francisco de Goya; Francisco José ((de)) Goya y Lucientes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Symmons
ISBN: 0714837512 9780714837512
OCLC Number: 39984693
Description: 351 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm.
Contents: An unpromising start - student years in Aragon, Madrid and Rome; court life and court art - Bourbon patronage and tapestry cartoons; "a vain and difficult man" - the inspiration of Velazquez and the restriction of religious art; the sublime portraitist - private patrons and the challenge of portraiture; illness, madness and witchcraft - the "caprichos" and their precursors; the beleaguered monarchy - political uncertainties and artistic triumphs; disasters of war - war and the artist as witness; aftermath - victory and artistic retreat; geriatric genius - Goya triumphant; the tribute of posterity - Goya's legacy and the Spanish tradition.
Series Title: Art & ideas.
Responsibility: Sarah Symmons.

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