Of Goya’s work there is the complete series of the Caprichos. The subject matter for this series is the folly of mankind, and he was unsparing of institutions such as the clergy. The critical nature of the Caprichos forced Goya to take the series off the market out of fear of being persecuted by the Inquisition, which had already driven so many free thinkers here to the north.
Born 30 March in Fuendetodos, Zaragoza.
Student with local painter Jose Luzan, his first and most enduring influence.
Following a second rejection by the Royal Academy, in 1766, Goya travels to Italy.
Marriage with Josefa Bayeu, sister of Francisco and Ramon Bayeu, established artists.
Appointed Painter to the King. Promoted to Court Painter in 1789 and First Court Painter in 1799.
Struck by an unknown yet serious illness. Completely deaf as a result.
Beginning of invasion of Spain by Napoleon. This leads to creation of Los Desastres de la Guerra, the 2nd of May and the 3rd of May.
Buys house outside Madrid, Quinta del Sordo. Makes 14 murals (The Black Paintings).
Goes into voluntary exile in France.
Dies 16 April in Bordeaux
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