Goya and a new “online” initiative

Almost 100,000 people, from more than 60 different countries on five continents, signed up for the two previous calls, and in fact it has entered the Top 5 most popular courses on Miríadax, Telefónica Educación Digital’s main non-English-speaking educational platform. (TED)

This initiative is part of the Prado online program, which has the support of Telefónica, to increase knowledge about the collection and the Museum’s activities through the Internet. It is suitable for all audiences, both for those who know little about the painter and for those specialists and scholars who want access to a high-quality level of detail in the study and contemplation of the work.



Goya self-portrait, 1815. (PRADO NATIONAL MUSEUM)

Goya (Fuendetodos, 1746-Bordeaux 1828) is a universal artist, one of the references of Spanish painting and the Museum that arouses interest among all cultures and generations. In fact, almost two hundred years after his death, his proposals still intrigue and amaze.

“In this sense, his look into the human soul is a reflection, at the same time, of the thought of his time, of the painter’s own artistic intuition and his knowledge of humanity’s weaknesses. His mysteries are ours ”, they explain from the Madrid museum.

“The style and creative freedom of Goya it is unique. Its influence on young contemporary painters and on the first artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century is enormous, which is why each of the visitors who come every year to enjoy it at the Prado Museum they value him and look for his works among the rooms of his collection. Especially the set of black paintings, one of the most relevant works in the history of painting”, sources from the museum tell us.

Among his paintings in the museum, the most important of his production stand out, such as almost all the cartoon models for tapestries, Las majas, the portrait of the Family of Carlos IV, on May 2 and 3, or the Black Paintings, which offer a such a varied vision of his subjects and so rich in technique that there is no institution that can be compared.

In addition, the Museum also conserves, exhibits and investigates the largest collection of drawings preserved in any museum, which reaches more than 500 works from all his notebooks and series, as well as author proofs, first editions of his engravings and lithographs.

“All this makes up a unique set, with more than a thousand works of art of this author and essential to understand the birth of contemporaneity in the art. This content is divided into four large blocks that facilitate the global understanding of the artist and the link between him and the Prado Museum”.

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Executions of May 3, 1808. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1814). (PRADO NATIONAL MUSEUM)

Goya explained in four blocks

The first block is dedicated to the Presentation of the author and his relationship with the Museum. The Prado was inaugurated in 1819 when Goya He is still alive, in the first rooms, where works by contemporary masters are exhibited, there is his work.

From this moment the increase of his work in the collection is incessant until today. His beginnings as a teacher and draftsman, the concept of a painter through his self-portraits, the tapestry cartoons made for the Royal Tapestry Factory will be some of the aspects that will be dealt with in this first section, which will also serve as an introduction. biographical.

The second block is dedicated to The representation of power and, therefore, to the representation of the royal portrait and that of the most prominent members of society at the time. The portrait is one of the greatest exponents in the work of Goya and this allows us in this section to comment on the historical evolution of the life of Goya through the images of the different monarchs for whom he worked and painted, as well as the most important representatives of society at the time. He highlights the portrait of the Family of Carlos IV and of course, the influence of Velázquez in the work of the Goya.

In the third part, the selected theme revolves around the image of women and social issues in the work of Goya. The portraits of women and his special gaze on them and on the circumstances in which they live, the family of the Dukes of Osuna and the link it has through the portrait of girls through time and the meaning and complexity of the Majas, will be key elements of this part of the courses. In addition, much of the social problems of the time will also be dealt with, such as the obligatory Yes of girls.

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The family of the Dukes of Osuna, 1787-88. Goya. (PRADO NATIONAL MUSEUM)

In the last of the sections, The Defeat of Reason, three large blocks of his production are dealt with, three blocks of great weight, expressiveness and meaning in the work of Goya. On the one hand, the war, with May 2 and 3 as the maximum expression of the barbarity of unreason.

Secondly, the set of black paintings, made for the two main rooms of the villa that he acquired as property and, finally, the last portraits he did before dying in exile in Bordeaux.

This is how they will tell you and you will be able to see it in 10 hours distributed over four weeks, students will be able to find out how to consult with interviews with Museum experts, lectures on the author and the technical and restoration treatment that his work requires, or view the narration by José Manuel Matilla, Head of Conservation of Drawings and Prints at the Museum and one of the leading experts on drawings of Goya.

The Prado website, in collaboration with Telefónica Educación Digital, provides all the information and registration at this link.