Romanticism in Spain

Goya depicted the demons that arise when reason sleeps.

c. 1800 - 1848

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Enrique Chagoya on Goya’s <i>Los Caprichos</i>
Enrique Chagoya on Goya’s Los Caprichos

Contemporary artist Enrique Chagoya discusses the transcendent meanings of Goya's etchings of Spanish society at the turn of the 19th century

Francisco Goya, <em>The Family of Charles IV</em>
Francisco Goya, The Family of Charles IV

Goya depicts the king’s family in scintillating detail… but the sparkle of the monarchy is beginning to fade.

Francisco Goya, <em>Saturn Devouring One Of His Sons</em>
Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring One Of His Sons

Goya’s taste in home décor is called into question by this cannibalistic meditation on the nature of power.

Francisco Goya, <em>The Third of May, 1808</em>
Francisco Goya, The Third of May, 1808

A sinister tale of bloodlust and nepotism led to the tragic events Goya depicts in “the first modern painting.”

Francisco Goya, <em>And there’s nothing to be done</em> from <em>The Disasters of War</em>
Francisco Goya, And there’s nothing to be done from The Disasters of War

This print wasn’t made public until long after Goya’s death, for fear of exposing his controversial political views.

Francisco Goya, <em>The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters</em>
Francisco Goya, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Embodied by a swarm of airborne predators, the follies of an irrational society haunt an artist’s dreams.

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