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The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise

Goya, a way of flying

Francisco de Goya, A way of flying (Modo de volar) Plate 13 from "Los Proverbios", c. 1819 – 1824. Etching, aquatint, lavis, burnisher, drypoint and burin on paper. Gift of The Robert Tanenbaum Family Trust, 1999

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The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise

Wednesday November 15, 2017, 7 pm

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) produced some of the most compelling images of social unrest and personal anguish ever created. Join Goya scholar Janis Tomlinson for an illustrated talk that explores his life and work. Goya saw a period of unprecedented political change that encompassed the Napoleonic invasion of Spain and the reign of Joseph Bonaparte, followed by the restoration of an ultraconservative monarch, Fernando VII. As an artist in service to the Spanish court, Goya reacted to the changes he witnessed in his five series of etchings, created from 1778 to 1820, the subject of this lecture.

An expert on Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828), Janis Tomlinson is the author of several books and articles on the artist, including Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment (Yale, 1992), and Francisco Goya y Lucientes (Phaidon, 1994,1999) and is currently writing his biography. She was the U.S. curator for the exhibition, Goya: Images of Women (Museo del Prado, 2001; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002), and more recently, the consultant and author of the exhibition catalogue Goya:Order/Disorder (Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 2014-5).

Dr. Tomlinson received her B.A. from McGill University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania before teaching at Columbia University. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was also a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Tomlinson was Director of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, before assuming her current position, Director of Special Collections and Museums in the Morris Library at the University of Delaware.

This talk is generously supported by the Master Print and Drawing Society of Ontario.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

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The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise
1 hour 19 minutes
A talk by scholar Janis Tomlinson exploring the life and work of Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828).


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