Wednesday Series: Art in Context

Style, Swagger, and Sass: Francisco de Goya and the Fashioning of Spanishness
Tara Zanardi, associate professor, art history, Hunter College, City University of New York
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 -
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Celebrity bullfighters and bold Spanish women feature prominently in the prints and drawings of Francisco de Goya. Clad in garments such as the newly created traje de luces (a type of bullfighter’s jacket) and mantillas, viewed as distinctly Spanish, these personages provided innovative fodder for artists in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Goya and others fashioned popular figures as modern incarnations of traditional conceptions of Spanishness at the same time Spanish aristocrats sought inspiration from these swaggering and stylish types. Forging a sense of collective Spanishness, these characters were instrumental in promoting new understandings about national identity.   

Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited. Piano Auditorium.

Image: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Ruega por Ella. (She prays for her), Caprichos 31, 1797–99, Etching and aquatint with burnishing, burin and drypoint; first edition, Eleanor A. Sayre Fund. 2015.9. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 


Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Ruega por Ella. (She prays for her)