Francisco Goyaby Tim McNeese
Between the opening of the French Revolution in 1789 and the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, Spanish artist Francisco Goya painted what he saw around him-everything from peasants to priests, from majas to monarchs, and from courtesans to country folk. Goya's Spain was a nation struggling to enter the modern world even as it tolerated inept kings, scheming queens, and militaristic prime ministers. In time, revolutionary ideas and a spirit of liberalism spread across the Spanish landscape, providing Goya with fresh subjects and a new approach to art that embodied this same spirit: Romanticism. But Goya also had a darker side. It would forever haunt him, and it continues to haunt the world in the artistic legacy that he left behind.
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Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska
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