Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
And they are like wild beasts. Is This What You Were Born For?
by Heinz Duthel
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes by Heinz Duthel
Qué hai que hacer mas? English: What more can one do?
El si pronuncian y la mano alargan,
Al primero que llega
And they are like wild beasts
Is This What You Were Born For?
Goya was born on March 30, 1746 in the locality of Fuendetodos (near Zaragoza). His parents Jose Francisco de Paula Goya and Gracia Lucientes came from noble family of Aragón. His father worked as a painter and master gilder. Francisco Goya received education in the Pías School in Zaragoza and initiated in his 14 years artistic formation like an apprentice when he entered the factory of Jose Luzán, competent local painter although little well-known. Goya stayed four years.
In 1763 Goya left to Madrid to obtain a prize in the Academy of San Fernando. He did not win, but he met the Aragonese artist, Francisco Bayeu. Bayeu influenced remarkably Goya's formation and participated in fresco painting in the church of Virgin of the Pillar in Zaragoza (1780–1782).
In 1771 he traveled to Italy, where he stayed for one year. His activity during that time is not known; it should be mentioned his journey to Rome and that he took part in competition in the Academy of Parma. Around 1773 he returned to his country and there appeared in several projects, among them the one of the Cartuja of Dei Classroom, near Zaragoza, in 1774, where his painting were model upon the best fresco paintings made for the church of San Antonio of Florida in Madrid, in 1798.
- Heinz Duthel, April 2013
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