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Acknowledgements

This site would simply not exist without the books on Goya that I have acquired. Particularly important are the books by Sarah Symmons and Xavier de Salas. Comments via e-mail have also contributed greatly to the improvement of this web site. Thank you to those who have taken time to offer criticisms and remarks!


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A Generally Vague
History of this Site

This site began as a single page of Goya images and some text in the summer of 1997 on the Geocities web site. Since then it has gone through too many revisions to count (at least that I want to count....) And plus it has moved to my own domain, one without those annoying pop-up advertisements.

What was available back in 1997 was fairly limited. There were fewer than a dozen or so places to read on Goya - - this has changed dramatically. Museum sites used to be quite minimal in both their offerings and functionality (back in 1997, and before). Now many museums have some of the best looking "art" sites that can be seen. For example, the National Gallery of Art has a small selection of Goya paintings with a lot of good information (go to the links page for that link & others.) This proliferation of web sites covering Goya to one degree or another keeps multiplying. How accurate the information is, though, is to the reader to decide.

Since beginning this site I have regularly been contacted by visitors for various reasons, the number one being to seek help on high school or college assignments. But occasionally a person will write to request how to find a particular print, or to express an opinion on the web site, or Goya, or both (usually favorable.) On occasion I have been offered supposed Goya paintings for sale (this was before sites like eBay had cornered the market on imitations and forgeries ...caveat emptor). The Striker family of Washington State contacted me about their quite beautiful painting of Josepha, Goya's wife (and they let me put it on the site, see it here) - - that's not something you can walk into a library and look up. Hence the crazy advantages the internet offers, being a place where unofficial (and unofficially endorsed) artwork can be seen, read about, all without the experts of the art world (or, really, the art business world) controlling it .

Erik Weems

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