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Goya's Sketch Books: Folly and Fantasy

Saturday March 30, 2019

2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459

Phone: 243-7255
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Elizabeth Becker

Phone: 505-243-7255
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Josie M. Lopez, PhD gives a public lecture discussing Goya's works on paper currently on view in Visions of the Hispanic World.

Goya, Old Man on a Swing

Albuquerque Museum's Curator of Art Josie M. Lopez, PhD will give a public lecture discussing Goya's works on paper currently on view in "Visions of the Hispanic World."

After Francisco Goya’s death in 1826, his sketch books, now called Albums A through H, were separated and sold off. Though they are now in collections all over the world, these drawings provide a unique opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s imagination and his desire to see and depict the world in all of its beauty and in all of its ugliness.

Curator of Art Josie Lopez will discuss four drawings from Albums B, C, D, and H as well as a rare lithograph created by Goya at the end of his life. The drawings, like Goya’s prints, are often used to present a satirical interpretation of the world that is bitingly critical yet full of wit and sometimes even joy. Human folly is often at the center of Goya’s prints and drawings, but the complex layers of meaning, even in the sketches, demonstrate Goya’s interaction with Spanish culture, politics, and identity that spanned his lifetime. He is both celebrating and exposing the hypocrisies of human interaction in realms that are seemingly everyday and at the same time fantastic.

Admission to the lecture is include in the price of general admission to Albuquerque Museum. $5 surcharge applies to view the exhibition "Visions of the Hispanic World."

General Admission to Albuquerque Museum

Out-of-State Adult $6, NM Adult (19-64) $5, Teen (13-18) $5, Seniors (65 & older) $4

$5 additional special exhibit surcharge for "Visions of the Hispanic World"

No surcharge for children 12 and under.

Surcharge applies during free days and events at Albuquerque Museum.

IMAGE: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, "Viejo columpiándose (Old Man on a Swing)," 1824-28, black chalk and lithographic crayon, on laid paper, Hispanic Society of America, A3313

See also: Found Objects

Not the Canned Beans

Francisco Goya was falling apart, not unlike the world around him. The artist grew deaf, then besieged with both physical and psychological maladies as the Spanish world around him was plagued by the chaos of Napoleon, starvation and endless political turmoil. Goya turned to his sketch pad (and eventually the walls of his own home) to express something quite different, and far more private, than his paintings for the Spanish royal court. Albuquerque Museum's Curator of Art Josie M. Lopez, PhD will delve into four of Goya’s drawings and a rare lithograph to discover the wit, criticism and occasional joy of this great master’s declining days in a lecture entitled “Goya’s Sketch Books – Folly and Fantasy” this Saturday, March 30 at 2pm at the Albuquerque Museum (200 Mountain Road NW). Admission is free. For more information, see

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