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Goya’s Graphic Imagination


Metropolitan Museum of Art / New York / Art

Somewhere between his time as Spain’s top court painter and his final years as a deaf recluse, Francisco Goya (1746–1828) bridged the gap between romanticism and early modernism. Goya was prolific, producing more than a thousand etchings, drawings, and paintings, including his classic portrait of little Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga. But he was also tortured, racked with concerns over the fate of his country as well as his own failing health. The Met, which holds the most comprehensive collection of Goya’s drawings and prints outside his home country, now offers a look at the talent and turbulence of Goya with 100 works. Visitors can witness Goya’s artistic evolution through periods of peace and war, commercial success and withdrawal from public life, health and physical decline. —Sabina Vitale

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