Friday Evening Lecture

Through Goya’s Eyes: Visionary Imagination in Eighteenth-Century Spain
Guillaume Kientz, curator, department of paintings, Musée du Louvre, Paris
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Born in Zaragoza in 1746, Francisco de Goya ranks among the greatest artists who ever lived, not only as a painter but also as a brilliant draftsman and prolific engraver. A serious illness in the winter of 1792–93 ultimately resulted in him becoming deaf. This handicap greatly affected him and his art, sharpening his eyes and stimulating his imagination even more. Though he witnessed a time of major political and cultural changes for Spain and Europe—from Enlightenment to war, from old monarchies to modern revolutions—Goya created art that, nevertheless, cannot be reduced to a chronicle of his time. Imbued with daily life and reality, alternatively optimistic or very dramatic, it goes beyond mere transcription to express broader, universal concepts like humankind and destiny. 

Free; seating is limited. Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium 

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes' Martincho's recklessness in the ring at Zaragoza