The starting point of this journey through Goya's life in 18th-century Spain is Hughes' own first encounter with the artist's work when he was a student in Australia. The remainder of the book charts the artist's entire career, describing his painted and graphic oeuvre within its historical context. Particular attention is paid to Goya's patrons, ...Read MoreThe starting point of this journey through Goya's life in 18th-century Spain is Hughes' own first encounter with the artist's work when he was a student in Australia. The remainder of the book charts the artist's entire career, describing his painted and graphic oeuvre within its historical context. Particular attention is paid to Goya's patrons, his favourite themes (portraits, scenes of warfare and terror, satirical prints and so on), his criticism of the Catholic Church and encounters with the Inquisition, his fierce anti-war stance and his reputation in his lifetime. What emerges is a picture of an artist deeply engaged with life around him and fully committed to documenting it with an unflinching eye for truth and injustice.Read Less
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Full of fine reproductions and insightful text, Hughes has written a superlative book of art history. Goya and his times come alive as the author interprets his paintings and prints within the context of the Inquisition and social turmoil in 18th century Spain.
Apr 3, 2007
All you ever need to know about Goya
This is a wonderful book, full of life, humour, history and, of course, art. Hughes tells the story of Goya's fascinating life and the turbulent times in which the artist lived while illuminating Goya's works, many of which are illustrated in full colour in the book. It makes the reader want to pack and head off to Madrid, where the majority of Goya's beautiful paintings can be seen. But you don't have to be an art lover to enjoy this book .. it's a fine biography and glimpse into an interesting period in history. Highly readable and most enjoyable.
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