Goya

Images of Women

Edited by Janis A. Tomlinson; With contributions by Francisco Calvo Serraller, Aileen Ribeiro, Concha Herrero Carretero, and Anna Reuter

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March 11, 2002
324 pages, 9 1/4 x 11
50 b/w + 130 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300094930
Cloth

Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) created magnificent paintings, tapestry designs, prints, and drawings over the course of his long and productive career. Women frequently appeared as the subjects of Goya’s works, from his brilliantly painted cartoons for the Royal Tapestry Factory to his stunning portraits of some of the most powerful women in Madrid. This groundbreaking book is the first to examine the representations of women within Goya’s multifaceted art, and in so doing, it sheds new light on the evolution of his artistic creativity as well as on the roles assumed by women in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Spain.

Many of Goya’s most famous works are featured and explicated in this beautifully designed and produced book. The artist’s famous tapestry cartoons are included, along with the tapestries woven after them for the royal palaces of the Prado and the Escorial. Goya’s infamous Naked Maja and Clothed Maja are also highlighted, with a discussion on whether these works were painted at the same time and how they might have originally hung in relation to one another. Focus is also placed on Goya’s more experimental prints and drawings, in which the artist depicted women alternatively as targets of satire, of sympathy, or of admiration. Essays by eminent authorities provide a historical and cultural context for Goya’s work, including a discussion on the significance of fashion and dress during the period. The resultant volume is surely to be treasured by all who admire Goya’s art and by those who are interested in women’s issues of his time.

Janis A. Tomlinson is director of Arts in the Academy, the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

"Informative and intriguing. . . . This catalogue is the first to examine all these issues within the limits of the artist’s multi-facetted career, and these essays illuminate the different roles played by women in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Spain."—Sarah Symmons, The Art Book (UK)

“A superb exhibition . . . and a catalogue accompanying the show that contains some of the best writing on that elusive subject (Goya) in a long time. . . . Tomlinson brought together four Goya authorities to contribute full-length essays and brief commentaries on the paintings to the first text devoted exclusively to this aspect of Goya’s work. . . . This book, like the exhibition it accompanies, makes Francisco Goya seem an ever-larger figure.”—John Loughery, The Sunday Star-Ledger

"A sophisticated and deeply satisfying book."—Staff, Washington Post Book World

"[A] luxurious coffee-table book. . . . These essays are erudite without becoming arrogant, and explore Goya’s use of satire, sympathy, and affection in his renditions of the female subject. A beautiful and important book."—Virginia Quarterly Review