The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Armchair Travel: Old Master Exhibition on Screen » Goya: Visions of Flesh and Blood

Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM

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Courtesy of Exhibition on Screen

Francisco Goya, Spain’s most celebrated artist, is widely considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he was a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence.

His genius was reappraised in the much-anticipated landmark exhibition, Goya: The Portraits, at The National Gallery, London (October 2015-January 2016). The film uses this exhibition to look in depth at Goya’s eventful life. Through extensive location footage, Goya’s revealing letters, and a unique exhibition of masterpieces from great collections across the world, the film builds a fascinating portrait of the painter and the colorful world he painted.

Influenced by Rembrandt and Velázquez, Goya explored a new realism where he did not flatter and was not afraid to reveal what he saw physically and psychologically. Yet this did not stop him securing major commissions from powerful individuals seeking the prestige of being painted by the best artist of the day. All of Goya’s sitters—royalty, aristocrats, politicians and close friends—were subjected to his highly modern approach that captured rapid changes of expression, gesture and emotion. Goya’s powerful vision and technical brilliance make him one of the most admired and revered artists in the history of Western art.

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