Title

Behind the Caprice is the Criticisms

Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

This research paper analyzes four prints by the eighteenth-century Spanish artist, Francisco de Goya. In the late eighteenth century, Spain went through considerable social and political turbulence. The nation was behind its European cousins, France and England, in modernizing and it was also on the brink of invasion from Napoleon’’s army. I will analyze Goya’’s Caprichos and show that the prints demonstrate Goya’’s belief in modernization and what he took to be Spanish social institutions’’ idleness toward modernization. For this paper, the majority of the visual analysis is my own interpretation, but I will also use primary and secondary sources to support my analysis and my thesis. The purpose of this research is to alert the audience to the correlation between art and the society that produces it using Goya’’s works in eighteenth-century Spain as a case-study.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211 A/B

Start Date

2-5-2009 9:00 AM

End Date

2-5-2009 12:30 PM

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Behind the Caprice is the Criticisms

DeRosa University Center, Room 211 A/B

This research paper analyzes four prints by the eighteenth-century Spanish artist, Francisco de Goya. In the late eighteenth century, Spain went through considerable social and political turbulence. The nation was behind its European cousins, France and England, in modernizing and it was also on the brink of invasion from Napoleon’’s army. I will analyze Goya’’s Caprichos and show that the prints demonstrate Goya’’s belief in modernization and what he took to be Spanish social institutions’’ idleness toward modernization. For this paper, the majority of the visual analysis is my own interpretation, but I will also use primary and secondary sources to support my analysis and my thesis. The purpose of this research is to alert the audience to the correlation between art and the society that produces it using Goya’’s works in eighteenth-century Spain as a case-study.