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A Closer Look at Francisco Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’ (Los Desastres de la Guerra)

Haunting, macabre, and poignant, the series of 82 etchings by Spanish artist Francisco Goya known as “The Disasters of War” is a powerful reminder of the inhumane consequences of warfare. The imagery Goya created for this 19th-century series is not pleasant, but this is by design. Instead of heroic depictions of battles, Goya sought to convey the tragic results of violent conflict through his harsh, realistic etchings. This series went on to inspire other artists like Pablo Picasso and the novel...

Behind the Artist: Francisco Goya

Spanish visionary Francisco Goya is considered to be the last Old Master in art history, but not without setting the pace of the Modern era. Goya began his artistic reign in the 18th century as a court painter to Spanish royals, envisioning imperial greatness in paint. As the Spanish Peninsular War erupted in 1808, Goya grew critical of the Spanish and Bourbon monarchies. To express his disgust, the artist reduced the feeble promises of the political elite to their fleshiest and darkest parts. G...

7 Creepy Works from Francisco Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’ Series

Francisco Goya is one of the most important Spanish artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. He was a satirist, he was a genius, and he also had a definite taste for the macabre. When art lovers describe Goya's later works, in particular, you'll frequently hear the words "unsettling" or "creepy." Goya wasn't afraid to be creepy, especially in his famous “Los Caprichos” series, which he began sketching shortly after becoming ill in 1792. That illness sparked a wave of creativity that led to the de...

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at University of Michigan Museum of Art

The University of Michigan Museum of Art recently added to its collections a complete first edition (80 etchings) of Francisco Goya y Lucientes’s (1746–1828) famous set of prints Los Caprichos, which offers cutting social commentary on religion, prostitution, and the professional class.