The Easel

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18th June 2024

Goya gave Frankenstein’s monster his Hollywood face. Now this museum shows the artist’s larger power

Goya was the real deal. A key artist to the Spanish royal court, he painted the elite culture of Bourbon Spain. Notwithstanding this lofty position, his imagination stayed rooted in the culture of the common folk from whence he came. In four major series of prints he “took the gloves off” and expressed what he really felt about Spain’s aristocracy. It is from these works that comes the adage that still resonates today – “The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.”