Francisco Goya (1746-1828), one of Spain’s most famous artists, was one of the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns. He was the creator of menacing and melancholy images in oils; a master of enigmatic, satirical, and revolutionary drawings and etchings; and the champion of the Spanish people, recording their lives and sufferings in war. Goya’s moods were many -- from the gaiety and tenderness of the tapestry cartoons to the mysterious darkness of the so-called “Black Paintings,” executed in his old age. This course intends to examine in as much detail and insight as possible the life and work of this remarkable, unrivaled artist.
Goya (1746-1828): The Diversity of Genius
Group Leader: ELLEN LONGSWORTH
Meets on: Tuesdays 1 to 3 PM
Class Size: 50
Teaching Style: Lecture with questions
Weekly Preparation: Optional
Group Leader Biography:
Dr. Ellen L. Longsworth, art historian emerita at Merrimack College, has enjoyed a teaching career spanning 45 years. She received her B.A from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from The University of Chicago, and her doctorate from Boston University, where she graduated with a concentration in Renaissance painting and sculpture. Her publications include an article on Michelangelo’s early sculptures, several studies of Northern Italian funerary sculpture, and an analysis of a pair of terracotta devotional groups housed in the church of Santo Sepolcro in Milan.