Francisco de Goya: La maja vestida

Francisco de Goya: La maja vestida

Goya - Lights and Shadows, at CaixaForum Barcelona

Almost thirty-five years after the last major exhibition devoted to the Spanish master in Barcelona, 'Goya. Lights and Shadows' brings a large selection of great works from the collection of the Prado Museum.

16 March to 24 June, 2012

Source: CaixaForum Barcelona / Prado Museum

The exhibition numbers 96 works, comprising 27 oil paintings, 44 drawings, 23 prints and 2 preparatory cartoons. They include famous works such as "The clothed Maj"a, "El Parasol", "Witches’ Flight" and "I am still learning", meaning that for the first time in three decades a large and outstanding selection of Goya’s work from the Museo del Prado will be presented in Catalonia.

'Goya. Lights and Shadows' is organised into fifteen sections. These independent spaces present brief visual narratives that explore many of the major themes that concerned Goya, as well as reflecting social circumstances during his life-time, in which the protagonists include kings and the wealthy, intellectuals and the artist’s own friends. From the early years, in which Goya’s realism contrasted with the over-refined Rococo style favoured by his contemporaries, to the intimate works he produced towards the end of his life in Bordeaux, not forgetting the drama of the Peninsular War, which marked a turning-point in his artistic development.

The exhibition is the fruit of a cooperation agreement signed between ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado National Museum 2011 under which the Catalan organisation became a Benefactor of the museum. Under the terms of the agreement, three more joint exhibitions will be organised in the coming years.

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