Goya News 2005 - Part 1
Revolutionary Goya Authentication work with "micro-signatures"
Magazine article on the authentication work of Professor Antonio Perales Martinez of Spain. Reprinted with permission from Subastas Magazine here.
Goya Film back on
The Saul Zaentz Goya film that has been off-and-on for some ten years is back in the news with a proposed production starting in Fall 2005. Natalie Portman is apparently signed for a starring role. A page on Goya films is here.
Goya Parody at artnet.com
A funny take on Goya's "author portrait" from Los Caprichos appeared in a photograph by Yasumasa Morimura (a "contemporary Japanese appropriation artist" the photo was titled "Portrait of a Satirist wearing a bucket") at artnet.com. [Link no longer active, go to artnet.com]
New page on the Alegría Family Goya painting
A possible unknown Goya painting has come to my attention. Page with picture is here.
Updated News on the Striker Family "Portrait of Josepha Goya"
We received a note from Mr. Striker and have updated the page on his painting here.
30 Goya pieces on paper missing from Finnish Gallery
Entertainment.Africa.com reports a story about missing Goya etchings [direct link no longer working].
Goya's "Bandits Attacking a Coach" part of Cocaine seizure
The Kansas City Star has a story on the bizarre cocaine smuggling scheme of a Saudi Prince:
After the cocaine was seized, according to court records, [Prince] Clemente offered the Colombian suppliers the masterworks, "Bandits Attacking a Coach" an oil by Francisco de Goya, and "Bust of a Young Woman" a portrait by Tsuguharu Foujita, to cover the loss.
The U.S. government is seeking forfeiture of the paintings, said to be worth more than $1 million
The direct link to the Kansas City Star is no longer working.
Disparates etching exhibit open
The North Wales Daily Post has a notice of an exhibit opening of Goya's Disparates etchings here.
Norton Museum Exhibit
The Norton Art Museum in Palm Beach, Florida (United States) will be hosting the traveling exhibit Spain in the Age of Exploration. It includes Goya paintings. (Also works by Bosch, Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, and Bernini) Direct link no longer working.
Interview with Goya Author Sarah Symmons
We have a short internet interview with Dr. Sarah Symmons.
The Zaentz/Forman Film on Goya
It's not exactly good news, but we have an update on the effort by the maker of the 1984 Mozart bio-film (Amadeus) to make one on Goya.
"From this headlong seizure of life we should not expect a calm and refined art, nor a reflective one. Yet Goya was more than a Nietzschean egoist riding roughshod over the world to assert his supermanhood. He was receptive to all shades of feeling, and it was his extreme sensitivity as well as his muscular temerity that actuated his assaults on the outrageous society of Spain." From Thomas Craven's essay on Goya from MEN OF ART (1931).
"...Loneliness has its limits, for Goya was not a prophet but a painter. If he had not been a painter his attitude to life would have found expression only in preaching or suicide." From Andre Malroux's essay in SATURN: AN ESSAY ON GOYA (1957).
"Goya is always a great artist, often a frightening one...light and shade play upon atrocious horrors." From Charles Baudelaire's essay on Goya from CURIOSITES ESTRANGERS (1842).
"[An] extraordinary mingling of hatred and compassion, despair and sardonic humour, realism and fantasy." From the foreword by Aldous Huxley to THE COMPLETE ETCHINGS OF GOYA (1962).
"His analysis in paint, chalk and ink of mass disaster and human frailty pointed to someone obsessed with the chaos of existence..." From the book on Goya by Sarah Symmons (1998).
"I cannot forgive you for admiring Goya...I find nothing in the least pleasing about his paintings or his etchings..." From a letter to (spanish) Duchess Colonna from the French writer Prosper Merimee (1869).