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