Spotlight on Collections: All about Goya - 2/4/2014

With over 20,000 works of art and a history that stretches back almost 100 years, there are plenty of things the museum owns that even people who work here are surprised to discover. The Renaissance to Goya exhibition has generated a lot of interest in the artist, Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. Goya (1746 - 1828) died almost 200 years ago, yet he seems to gain popularity by the day. Going through the museum’s exhibition files, I found this was not the first time Goya’s works have been shown at our museum. In early 1989, the traveling exhibition Goya: The Disasters of War came to what was then called the Museum of Fine Arts. That exhibition included a rare, first edition set of prints on loan from the collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation in Houston, TX. The timing of the exhibition was significant because it may have been the first time these etchings came to New Mexico. Around the same time, Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment, an exhibition organized by the Prado and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston traveled to Boston and New York City.  Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment was unprecedented for its time, bringing together a wide variety of drawings, prints and paintings by Goya to illustrate his relationship with progressive intellectual trends of his time. Between Goya and the Spirit of Enlightenment and Goya: The Disasters of War, a Pasatiempo article from the time called 1989 the worldwide “Year of Goya.”

Mariano Cabailos (from the Tauromaquia series, Plate 23)
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746 - 1828
Etching and aquatint
Gift of the Richard James Dillingham Estate, 1994

Although the works from the previous and current Goya exhibitions at the museum were borrowed from other institutions, the museum does own nine prints made by Goya. You can see them any time on the Searchable Art Museum.

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