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With his numerous self-portraits, Francisco Goya was alone among visual artists of the Romantic period in responding to the genre of autobiography which became popular in the late eighteenth century. Across a range of media and styles, Goya tested, expanded and eventually obliterated the conventional boundaries of the genre, discovering its infinite expressive possibilities. Goya used the self-portrait to comment on royalty, literature, society, religion, sex, and death; as well as his own art, genius, and self. In this study John J. Ciofalo examines a broad sampling of Goya's oeuvre through the lens of self-portraiture. In doing so, Ciofalo offers new interpretations of some of Goya's most famous works, including Los Caprichos, Family of Carlos IV, The Disasters of War, and the 'black' paintings. Interdisciplinary in scope, this book provides fresh and illuminating perspectives on a notoriously enigmatic artist.Read more
- Style is lyrical, literary, and very accessible, striving to be as absorbing as its subject
- Focuses on well-known works, enabling the reader to see Goya in a new light
- Highly interdisciplinary in scope, encompassing art, medicine, madness, literature, philosophy, history, and social and political science
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- Date Published: January 2001
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521771368
- length: 254 pages
- dimensions: 264 x 186 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.902kg
- contains: 70 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2001
Table of Contents
1. Ascent of genius in the Court and Academy
2. Quixotic dreams of reason
3. The artist in the vicinity of death
4. The art of sex and violence - the sex and violence of art
5. Blackened myths, mirrors, and memories.
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