Goya: A Portrait of the Artist
by Janis Tomlinson
The first major English-language biography of Francisco Goya y Lucientes, the first artist of the modern era.
The life of Francisco Goya (1746–1828) coincided with an age of transformation in Spanish history that brought upheavals in the country's politics and at the court which Goya served, changes in society, the devastation of the Iberian Peninsula in the war against Napoleon, and an ensuing period of political instability. In this revelatory biography, Janis Tomlinson draws on a wide range of documents―including letters, court papers, and a sketchbook used by Goya in the early years of his career―to provide a nuanced portrait of a complex and multifaceted painter and printmaker, whose art is synonymous with compelling images of the people, events, and social revolution that defined his life and era.