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Goya’s Terrifying Artistic Genius   

The Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) is said to be both the last of the old masters and the first of the modern ones. His influence is evident in other Spanish artists, including Picasso and Dalí. Our discussions include Goya’s work as Royal court’s painter, his print portfolios reflecting the darkest social/political events of his day, and the power of his “majas,” or “witches.” Final focus is on his “Black Paintings,” or the nightmares of an aging, deaf artist, disillusioned with society and struggling with his sanity.

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