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Facing up to Goya: portraits by Goya

Goya designed tapestries, produced hundreds of etchings, and political works on a broad canvas, but in his powerful and original portraits, he turns his critical eye directly on to his contemporaries.  Goya's sitters came from many walks of life: politicians, architects, aristocrats, actresses, bankers, bullfighters, friends and relations, and the extraordinarily unattractive members of the Spanish Royal Family.  Today we marvel at how daringly unflattering Goya could be, and how he managed to get away with such provocative work.

 

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