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Gloom, Torment and Nightmare: Francisco Goyas Black Paintings, an Illustrated Lecture with Cristina Perez Arranz
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY
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Gloom, Torment and Nightmare: Francisco Goyas Black Paintings, an Illustrated Lecture with Cristina Perez Arranz
Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 7pm
Admission: $8
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is the best known artist of Spanish Romanticism; he was also possibly its most polemic painter, and its strongest personality. He is best remembered today for his graphic representations of the Spanish War of Independence, the debauchery of the Spanish crown, and depictions of horrible scenes of crime, rape, cruelty, torture, cannibalism, fantasy and madness. His wide-ranging and virtuosic works and turbulent personal life have made Goya not only an eternal character which surpasses time, but also a hallmark in Spanish art and culture.

Tonight, join Spanish scholar Cristina Pérez Arranz for a night devoted to Goya's famous Black Paintings, a series of fourteen images he painted on the walls of his country house (known as The Villa of the Deaf) between 1819 and 1823, the most famous of them being Saturn Devouring His Son (see image). The talk will explore the meaning of the paintings,  why the painter chose to surround himself with them in the final years of his life, and how they came to be transferred to canvas and delivered to Madrid's Prado Museum while we delight on Spanish cheese and wine.

Cristina Pérez Arranz is a fourth year PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a GSAS Visiting Fellow at the Department of English at Harvard University. Cristina specializes on the emerging sciences and pseudosciences of the late 18th and 19th centuries, their impact on the work of Edgar Allan Poe and their influence on modern science and literature. Cristina has presented at numerous international congresses including Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture (St. Marys University, Strawberry Hill, London), Gothic Literature and Studies: Dark Latitudes (UCR, Costa Rica), and Neo Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today (John Moores University, Liverpool). Her publications have appeared in Trespassing Journal, the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women; and has upcoming publications in Palgrave Macmillan and Lehigh University Press.

Image: Saturn Devouring His Son, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 18191823


Morbid Anatomy Museum (View)
424 A Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
United States




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