Witness of His Time


6 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

10 Modernity, Francisco de Goya
Marisa Oropesa

16 Goya, Universal Painter
Wiferdo Rincón García

58 Fantasy and Reason: Goya, Painter and Engraver
Ricardo Centellas Salamero


66 Paintings                               

128 Engravings                             

131 Caprichos                                  

213 Disasters of War                          

295 Tauromaquia                           

337 Proverbs or Follies                 

357 Biography and Timeline

370 Ensayos en español

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), known as one of the most unique artists of European painting and a pioneer of modern painting, was introduced to the Turkish audience for the first time with four series of engravings, along with a selection of oil paintings, at the Pera Museum in 2012. 

Curated by Marisa Oropesa, the exhibition consisted of works from Spain and Italy’s leading museums and private collections. As one of the best narrators of darkness, the exhibition united Goya’s various oil paintings and engraving series -Caprichos, Disasters of War, Tauromaquia, Proverbs or Follies- that bear witness to a turbulent period in Spain and Europe. 

The works in the catalogue, besides his career as a court painter and portraitist, explore Goya’s extraordinary imagination, along with his reflections of the social circumstances of the era, from a critical perspective. The catalogue seeks to shed light upon Goya’s extraordinary imagination with his realistic and at times frightening style that makes him one of the best narrators of darkness separating him from his contemporaries, as his art transcends time, influencing 20th century modernism.

Date of Publication: 2012
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