Tuesday, December 12, 2006

El Escribir en la Arena

Portrait of the Duchess of Alba by Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Hispanic Society of America, New York.

Known as Goya, in his lifetime he painted over 500 works and almost 300 drawings and lithographs. As the Spanish court painter many of his works were political in nature, especially focusing on the invasion of Spain by Napolean's France. This painting of the Duchess shows her pointing down to the sand where Solo Goya is written. She also wears two rings, one that says Goya and one that says Alba, this leads people to believe they were linked romantically.

1 comment:

john said...

This painting is now at the Guggenheim in New York for their temporary exhibit of 500 years of Spanish art, "From El Greco to Picasso".

Unfortunately, the best pieces by El Greco, Velasquez, Goya, Picasso, Dali, Miro (hate him) and the others were not lent by the museums that own them. Making the Guggenheim exhibit a great "art class" but not the mind-blowing event it could have been.

The curators also picked, or were given, a great number of "dark" pieces. That is common for Goya, but I was surprised at all of the others.

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