Goya's Graphic Imagination

Mark McDonald; With contributions by Mercedes Ceron-Pena, Francisco J. R. Chaparro, and Jesusa Vega

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This book presents the first focused investigation of Francisco Goya’s (1746–1828) graphic output. Spanning six decades, Goya’s works on paper reflect the transformation and turmoil of the Enlightenment, the Inquisition, and Spain’s years of constitutional government. Two essays, a detailed chronology, and more than 100 featured artworks illuminate the remarkable breadth and power of Goya’s drawings and prints, situating the artist within his historical moment. The selected pieces document the various phases and qualities of Goya’s graphic work—from his early etchings after Velázquez through print series such as the Caprichos and The Disasters of War to his late lithographs, The Bulls of Bordeaux, and including albums of drawings that reveal the artist’s nightmares, dreams, and visions.

Mark McDonald is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mercedes Cerón-Peña is an independent scholar. Francisco J. R. Chaparro is adjunct professor at Saint Louis University, Madrid. Jesusa Vega is professor of history of modern and contemporary art, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(February 8–May 2, 2021)
ISBN: 9781588397140
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Co-publisher: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
320 pages, 9 x 10 1/2
160 color illus.
Alonso Berruguete

First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

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