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Goya Archive 2005 - Part 2

Looted Nazi artworks being returned, includes Goya work

CBC.CA reports that the Dutch government will be returning artworks looted by the Nazi government during WW2 (report http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/ 2006/02/07/dutch-art.html - link no longer valid. Checked Sept 2019.)

"The Dutch government on Monday agreed to return more than 200 paintings by old masters to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer whose collection was looted by the Nazis.The paintings, by Rubens, Rembrandt, Goya and other well-known painters, are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.

They will be returned to the family of Jacques Goudstikker, a major pre-war art collector who fled the Netherlands shortly before the German invasion in May 1940."

A news report on this (and the return of a set of 5 Gustav Klimpt paintings) at http://www.leadingthecharge.com/stories/news-00137311.html (link no longer working, checked Sept 2019) brings up an interesting point – there are many still missing works from the Nazi era:

"Others works that Goering took — including pieces by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Goya, Rubens, Brueghel, Titian and Tintoretto — remain lost. A handful have been returned by buyers who later realized the paintings were Goudstikker‘s."

Hidden Goya

New Book: Hidden Mysteries in Goya's Paintings

By Manuel Real Alarcony

The author is a Spanish writer born in Cuenca, Spain, presently living in Valencia.

"The following are excerpts from his published book "Misterios Ocultos de la Pintura de Goya" (Hidden mysteries of Goya's Paintings). They constitute, all by themselves, corroboration and support of the existence of Goya's amazing parallel talent creating a misterious, intricate cryptic system of "self validation", undiscovered for more than two centuries.

Page 22: Second paragraph.- "Almost most of the canvas is imbedded with inscriptions, that must be very interesting given the circumstance, such as those in his paintings. Inscriptions that are just about to be read, but one cannot read them altogether. Goya does not allow them to be read, he rather expects them, one day, to be read. To that purpose he employs the method, instruments, occasion and necessary field; a single hair brush, a pin, for cleaved engraving or relief, or, in a natural manner with a normal brush, only to later paint, stain over it, imbed them taking advantage of those zones in which the inscriptions or legends adapt themselves to the drawing or its forms, and embodying these to configure hidden images. It is so, that in this painting the clothing area has numerous indications of the imbedding...."

Much more about this book at goyadiscovery.com

Goya's Ghosts

UPDATE: The Forman-Saentz Goya film nears completion

Our page on Goya movies is here

Quote below from the UK Telegraph here

"Czech director Milos Forman's movie about 18th-century Spanish artist Francisco Goya, Goya's Ghosts, looks as if it could be ready for release this summer. Forman completed filming at the end of December and is now starting post-production. The movie, which stars actors Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman (who plays Goya's teenage muse), should receive its world première in Prague."

Mexico City hosts "Goya: Prophet of Modernity" at the National Museum of Art

Until March 5, 2006
Tacuba No. 8, Centro Historico, Mexico, D.F.
Phone (52) 5512-3224, Tuesday through Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Article at El Universo (The Herald) here
Coverage at the Orlando Sentinel here

"Goya: Prophet of Modernity," at the National Museum of Art in Mexico City. Drawn from more than two dozen museums and private collections across the globe, including London´s National Gallery and the Prado in Madrid, which organized the show with Berlin´s Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen, it includes a number of oil paintings, drawings and other works never previously shown in Latin America. The newspaper Reforma reported last month that nearly 40,000 people had visited the exhibition in its first three weeks, a pace that would put "Goya" on track to draw 150,000 visitors by its March 5 closing. (By comparison, the show drew 200,000 last summer and fall in Berlin.) "

Goya's Los Proverbios [Disparates] online
The entire etching collection is online here.

"Mysteries of the Rectangle" by Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt Mysteries of the Rectangle

We just got in a copy of the Siri Hustvedt book of essays about nine subjects of art, two of which are specific to Goya - the Los Caprichos etchings, and Goya's paintings in general.

"Before he fell ill in 1792, Goya gave an address to the Royal Academy of San Fernando about methods of teaching the visual arts. In it he vehemently advocated the importance of working from nature and not from other paintings, sculptures, or casts, which was the common practice in art academies all over Europe at the time. 'I will give a proof to demonstrate with facts that there are no rules in painting, and that the oppression or servile obligation of making all study or follow the same path is a great impediment for the young who profess this very difficult art.' From page 96

The web page for this book at the Princeton Architectural Press is here.

Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting - Amazon

Prado "...micro-signatures are madness "

Article about Chief Goya Curator Manuella Mena from the Prado here.

Is there a Goya in your home?

Article about the tests for finding a true (or false) unknown Goya here.

Maak: "Goya idealised nothing"

Sign and Sight reports Niklas Maak's reaction to the Berlin Goya exhibit here.

"Goya's oeuvre was "marked by an ambivalence towards revolution, a mixture of hope for emancipation and fear of the horrors born of anarchy", Maak explains. "Only a decade after his arrival, Goya had risen to become the most successful court painter and portraitist of his time. This may seem surprising from today's perspective because Goya idealised nothing: if you had a potato nose he painted you a potato nose. The dignitaries in his portraits stand there looking strangely awkward. Whereas the figures in Velasquez portraits know precisely how to present themselves, Carlos IV's family in Goya's famous painting stands about in a confused group, looking disoriented in all directions as if a guillotine-happy mob from the neighbouring country might already be lurking nearby."

Our web page on the Black Painting "Asmodea" has been updated here.

New Goya Web Site

A new web site concerned with authentication issues and Goya, particularly regards to the work of restorer Dr. Antonio Perales, is here.

London Goya Lecture by Dr. Sarah Symmons

Dr. Symmons web site has notation of a lecture slated for Thursday, November 24th at 2:30 pm at the Wallace Collection in London.

Our page with an interview from 2004 with Dr. Symmons is here.

Dr. Perales and the World Art Service Foundation

Expert Goya restorer Dr. Antonio Perales Martinez is involved with this new non-profit organization. You can read an English translation of an article from Spain's La Razon discussing this organization and its efforts to streamline art commerce here.

The Goya Exhibit in Vienna

The official web site for the exhibit is here.

Screenshot of the page site below:

Vienna Exhibit Goya Show

Review of the Vienna Goya Exhibit

International Herald Tribune carries a short review of the Vienna show [Link is no longer working: checked Sept 2019) http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/11/news/webaguide.php

"Political and social upheavals in Spain may have contributed to the development of Goya's art. Indeed, the Spanish painter's art evolved from conventional portraits of members of the Spanish court to expressively realistic depictions of scenes from the Napoleonic wars, and small horrific scenes set in prisons, hospitals and asylums, the latter created after Goya lost his hearing in 1793."

Siri Hustvedt book covers Goya's Los Caprichos

Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, by Siri Hustvedt. Princeton Architectural Press, 179 pp., $24.95.

Review of book at New York Newsday.com - Link is no longer working, checked Sept 2019:


Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting - Amazon

"Hellish" competition in Vienna with Goya exhibit

Bloomberg has a story [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news? pid=10000085&sid=aue GdUt_g_zc&refer=europe - link no longer working, checked Sept 2019] about the rough competition between exhibits in Vienna, including the Goya show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. According to the Globe & Mail, the show:

"...the blockbuster Goya: Prophet of Modernism, which has already drawn long lines in Berlin and runs at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum (khm.at) from Oct. 18 to Jan. 8."

Oroginal Globe and Mail link [not working, checked Sept 2019]: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20051014. wmuseums1015/BNStory/specialTravel/

UPDATE: Review of Books has a collection of articles on Robert Hughes 2003 "Goya" book

Oirignla link (no longer working, Sept 2019) http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/goya/

Goya "movie Page" updated
Go here for updates about the Forman/Saul Zaentz movie "Goya's Ghosts".

Berlin Goya Exhibit success

The bloomberg.com site reports that the Berlin Goya exhibit is doing well:

"...the blockbuster ``Goya: Prophet of Modernism,'' which has already drawn long queues in Berlin and runs at Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum from Oct. 18 to Jan. 8. "

Original link no longer working [Sept 2019]: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news? pid=10000088&sid=aEw143h59J6o&refer=culture

Additional link no longer working [Sept 2019]: http://www.goyainberlin.org/

Rare Caprichos exhibit in New York City

July 28, 2005

"In Chelsea, a darkened exhibition space usually portends a video. But this summer the Chelsea Art Museum's entire third floor is dimmed to protect art of a more vintage sort: A 1799 edition of Goya's "Los Caprichos," the only one produced under the artist's personal supervision."

The New York Sun newspaper has the story here.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger covers the exhibit here.


79 Picture Goya Exhibit in Berlin

The Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin is presenting "Goya Prophet der Moderne" with a special web site here (site no longer hosting this event information: http://www.goyainberlin.org/).

The exhibition will be on view from 13 July until 3 October 2005 on the Museumsinsel in Berlin before travelling on to Vienna.

BBC "Goya's Black Art" Dr. Sarah Symmons

May 27, 2005

Text of the event at this archived page

You can read the text of a piece by Dr. Sarah Symmons about Goya which was broadcast on the BBC "Night Waves" program

"Goya himself disliked wearing black. When the court was in mourning for King Carlos III he wrote that everyone went round looking like crows."

Goya's "Cannibal Count" Found

The recently discovered Goya portrait of Count Ugolino della Gherardesca (it was only authenticated in 1990) has been recovered in Montenegro after being stolen in 2001 while on exhibit in Turin, a city in North-western Italy. Complete story (link no longer working, checked Sept 2019):

http://wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section= Breaking&storyId=1049340&tw=wn_wire_story

"From Goya to Sorolla" Exhibit

Review of the exhibit on the occassion of the anniversary of the Hispanic Society is online at the New York Times here.

May 6, 2005

Graphisms of Goya - Pavo Muerto
A brief examination of Goya's painting Dead Turkey and a number of identified graphisms. Page here.

Professor Antonio Perales Martinez
Page about the Goya expert here.

Goya Engraving Exhibit in Moscow
The exhibit From Durer to Goya. Three Centuries of European Engravings from the Ural Museum (website here) has opened in Moscow. Short news item here

What is Happening with Goya?
An article (in English translation) from the Spanish magazine Fundetel here.


The Colossus (updated)
Our page on the painting The Colossus has been updatedhere.

Dead Turkey (pavo muerto)
One of a series of ten still lives painted by Goya. The painting iss here.

Goya film seems certain
Actress Natalie Portman interview discusses the upcoming Goya film by Amadeus makers Saul Zaentz and Milos Forman. Goya movie page here.

Newer Goya News

Older Goya News


Goya The Terrible Sublime - Graphic Novel - (Spanish Edition) - Amazon

Goya: His Life & Works in 500 Images: An illustrated account of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings – 256 pages, Lorenz Books, 2015 - Amazon

Goya Ephemera

"From this headlong seizure of life we should not expect a calm and refined art, nor a reflective one. Yet Goya was more than a Nietzschean egoist riding roughshod over the world to assert his supermanhood. He was receptive to all shades of feeling, and it was his extreme sensitivity as well as his muscular temerity that actuated his assaults on the outrageous society of Spain." From Thomas Craven's essay on Goya from MEN OF ART (1931).

"...Loneliness has its limits, for Goya was not a prophet but a painter. If he had not been a painter his attitude to life would have found expression only in preaching or suicide." From Andre Malroux's essay in SATURN: AN ESSAY ON GOYA (1957).

"Goya is always a great artist, often a frightening one...light and shade play upon atrocious horrors." From Charles Baudelaire's essay on Goya from CURIOSITES ESTRANGERS (1842).

"[An] extraordinary mingling of hatred and compassion, despair and sardonic humour, realism and fantasy." From the foreword by Aldous Huxley to THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF GOYA (1962).

"His analysis in paint, chalk and ink of mass disaster and human frailty pointed to someone obsessed with the chaos of existence..." From the book on Goya by Sarah Symmons (1998).

"I cannot forgive you for admiring Goya...I find nothing in the least pleasing about his paintings or his etchings..." From a letter to (spanish) Duchess Colonna from the French writer Prosper Merimee (1869).

Los Caprichos Goya - Amazon

GOYA : Los Caprichos - Dover Edition - Amazon

Goya Book - Robert Hughes - 2006

Goya A Life in Letters

Goya: A Life in Letters


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