Friday, 20 November 2015

Review of Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery

Goya: The Portraits
National Gallery
7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

The late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya, is not generally thought of in terms of light, rather in terms of darkness. His best-known works are arguably his fourteen Black Paintings, which depict, in very dark terms, the atrocities of the Napoleonic War and the artist’s fear of insanity. However, a third of Goya’s output comprises portraits and more than 150 of these still survive today. The current exhibition at the National Gallery, the first dedicated to this genre of his work, showcases nearly half of them.

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Francisco de Goya
María Luisa wearing a Mantilla, 1799
Oil on canvas, 205 x 130 cm
Colecciones Reales, Patrimonio Nacional, Palacio Real de Madrid
© Patrimonio Nacional

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