Goya: A Portrait of the Artist - Janis Tomlinson
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The art of Francisco Goya (1746-1828) is informed by the age in which he lived, a period in Spain's history that saw a succession of kings at the court of Madrid, transformative changes in the country's politics and culture, and the devastation of the Iberian Peninsula in the war against Napoleon. In this revelatory biography, Janis Tomlinson draws on a wide range of documentation-including letters, court documents, and a sketchbook used by Goya in the early years of his career-to provide a nuanced portrait of a gifted painter and printmaker whose art is synonymous with compelling images of the people, events, and social transformation that defined his life and era.
A monumental achievement, Goya is the definitive biography of an artist whose faith in his art and his genius inspired paintings, drawings, prints, and frescoes that continue to captivate, challenge, and surprise us two centuries later.