PRINT January 2001



Anybody lucky enough to have seen Truth and Fantasy, the 1994 traveling exhibition of Goya’s small paintings, will never forget this Gulliverian voyage to the artist’s terrifyingly diminutive planet, where the plenitude of human folly, from rape and shipwreck to witchcraft and Catholic piety, was grotesquely mirrored in pictures that could be held in one hand. Now, Goya’s teeming microcosmos will become even smaller and perhaps still stranger when we view an anthology of one hundred of his drawings dating from the 1790s, the decade of the Caprichos, until his death in 1828. Curated by Goya scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau, “Goya: Drawings from His Private Albums” (Hayward Gallery, London, Feb. 22-May 13) brings together again pages from eight different albums whose contents had been scattered, ending up in dozens of great museums and private collections on both sides of the Atlantic.


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