Wednesday Series: Art in Context
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