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Francisco Goya

Published on Mar 22, 2016

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  • Born March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain
  • Mother: Gracia de Lucientes y Salvador
  • Father: Jose Benito de Goya y Franque


Francisco Goya moved to Madrid where he worked with Francisco and Ramón Bayeu y Subías.
He later moved to Italy in 1770 to further his education.


Francisco Goya married Josefá Bayeu on July 25, 1773. Josefá and Francisco Goya had 7 children but only 1 lived past infancy and into adulthood, his name was Javier Goya.



Francisco Goya spent many years of his life fighting against his government because of the Peninsula War that was taking place. Goya disagreed with the war and expressed it through many of his artworks.


Francisco Goya died April 16, 1828. Goya was deaf because he had a disease that slowly took away his hearing. Goya was also living in a house alone and his disease was causing him to start isolating himself thinking dark thoughts. He displayed this through many of his artworks by the dark and evil environments.

"La Maja Desnuda"

This artwork was one of Goya's first famous artwork because it was said to be one of the first paintings to depict a woman nude. "La Maja Desnuda" is a oil on canvas painting.

"Charles IV of Spain and His Family"

As Goya started to paint, many of his first artworks were portraits of royalty. Here Goya painted a portrait which he started in 1800 and didn't finish till 1801. This portrait is also an oil on canvas painting.

"Saturn Devouring His Son"

This oil painting is one of 14 "Dark Paintings" Goya painted on his wall, it depicts the old myth of Cronos eating his sons in fear they were going to overthrow him, which Goya used to send the government a message about the war.

"Yard with Lunatics"

This oil on tinplate painting shows a scene Goya said to have seen when he was young, but this painting was painted by Goya at the time when his disease was starting to show.

"Witches' Sabbath"

This was one of Goya's dark paintings. This painting represented the struggle between church and the war, how people didn't know what to chose because each one contradicts one another. This is another oil on canvas painting by Goya.