Goya: Lights and Shadows, CaixaForum, March16-June24, 2012
Approximately 100 works by Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828) will be shown at the Lights and Shadows exhibition, which is one of the central events marking the tenth anniversary of the CaixaForum Barcelona, and which has been put together with the support of the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Goya is known as the temperamental court artist of King Carlos IV, who painted numerous (sometimes unflattering) portraits of the Spanish nobility. He became withdrawn and introspective following a serious illness in 1793, which left him deaf. However, Goya was outspoken in his art, and did not hesitate to use it as a platform to criticize various shortcomings in Spanish society. One of his best- known and most scandalous bodies of work is the Capricho series of
80 aquatint prints, which he began to produce in 1798 and whose distribution was subsequently banned for a time. The portraits that Goya painted of the Duchess of Alba - with whom some believe he had an affair - remain popular to this day. One of his most famous paintings, the legendary Clothed Maja (La maja vestida) will also be featured at the exhibition in Barcelona.
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