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Goya: The Portraits

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'proves his genius was not limited to his more celebrated depictions of horror and war' - The Evening Standard

Painting of The Countess-Duchess of Benavente (woman in large hat) by Goya

This handsome volume was published to accompany the 2015/6 exhibition at London's National Gallery, the first ever show focusing solely on the portraits of Francisco de Goya (1746-1828). The show brought together nearly half of Goya’s known portraits, including a number that are rarely lent, and some that have never been shown in Britain before including The Duchess of Alba from The Hispanic Society of America.

Goya, who is perhaps best known for his depictions of nightmarish visions and war, was an accomplished portraitist. He painted prime ministers and poets, architects, painters and satirists as well as himself and endowed 'his subjects with is a sense of their common humanity, regardless of rank or riches – a daring thing to do in an age of revolution.' Apollo Magazine.

In this catalogue, author, Xavier Bray, traces Goya's career from his beginnings at the Madrid court of Charles III to his final years in Bordeaux, played out against the backdrop of war with France and the Enlightenment.  More than 60 outstanding portraits, including drawings and miniatures, reveal the full range of Goya’s technical and stylistic achievements, depicting sitters – whether royalty, philosophers, military men or friends – with a previously unparalleled humanity. 

Goya: The Portraits includes a list of exhibited works, biographies and a bibliography.

  • Author: Xavier Bray, Chief Curator, Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Date published: September 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1857095739
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.9 x 1.5cm

'Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery is the show of the decade' - The Daily Telegraph

'proves his genius was not limited to his more celebrated depictions of horror and war' - The Evening Standard

'This spectacular show of Goya’s weird, wilful and radically truthful portraits brings him out of the shadows at last' - The Guardian