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Goya’s Graphic Imagination

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Francisco Goya. The Seated Giant. 1818. Burnished aquatint, roulette, scraper, lavis. 11 3/16 × 8 3/16 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image coutesy of the Author.

Goya’s Graphic Imagination curated by Mark McDonald is currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and presents over 100 drawings and prints that reflect the expressions of an independent mind whose charisma evokes those Aristotelian feelings of pity and fear. Although Franciso Goya became the court painter of King Charles IV of Spain in 1789, it was not long before France declared war on Spain in…

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