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Goya: The Disasters of War

Lecture by Janis Tomlinson

February 8, 2008; 7:30 p.m.

Museum Theater

This special talk by art historian and Goya expert Janis Tomlinson contextualizes Goya’s art following the Napoleonic Wars, examining it in relation to that of French artist Théodore Géricault. From 1814 onwards, the work of both artists was part of a unique era of transition. Tomlinson’s lecture considers their individual, yet parallel, attempts to find direction in that changed world, as they experimented with new imagery and new audiences. Their quests, undertaken without knowledge of each other, epitomize the search for meaning in a modern world that would become synonymous with Romanticism.

Janis Tomlinson is director of university museums at the University of Delaware and author of Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1994), as well as many other writings on Goya.

Co-presented by the Spanish Studies Program and Portuguese Studies Program of the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley.