Goya, modern masters rub shoulders in Milan
Saturday 20 March 2010
Spanish painter Francisco Goya rubs shoulders with modern masters such as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso in an exhibit that opened Wednesday at Milan's Palazzo Reale.
"Goya and the Modern World" brings together 184 paintings, drawings and engravings.
It sets out to show how "Goya was a precursor of contemporary art: a disturbing, lucid, scathing, sarcastic personality capable of depicting human nature in all of its power, without any compassion or pity," said art historian Claudio Strinati.
Goya's "Self Portrait," loaned by Madrid's Prado Museum, is juxtaposed with his portrait of Eugene Delacroix from the Uffizi Museum in Florence and that of King Charles IV and Queen Maria Luisa of Parma.
They are accompanied by Picasso's "Woman with Mantilla".
Other sections of the exhibit place Goya's works alongside those of Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti and Jackson Pollock.
The finale joins three powerful works: Goya's "Christ on the Mount of Olives," Bacon's "Three Studies for a Portrait (Peter Beard)" and the "Red Man with Moustache" by Willem de Kooning.
Goya was born in northeastern Spain in 1746 and died in Bordeaux, France, in 1828.
He is perhaps best known for his dramatic depiction of the French repression of a Spanish revolt in 1808 in his paintings "Dos de Mayo" and "Tres de Mayo".
The artist also served as the court painter of the Bourbons of Spain.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant