The Easel

Archives: Daily Beast

6th November 2018

Goya Kept His Politics Hidden In His Portraits

An art history anecdote. Goya enjoyed royal patronage in Spain but with that came exposure to its turbulent politics. After the French invasion, Goya painted a member of the new regime. Once the Bourbons returned, Goya had a most inconvenient portrait on his hands. His solution was recently discovered with x-ray analysis – overpaint it with yet another masterpiece.