This is an illustrated account of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings. This beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for anyone who would like to learn about the life, work and influence of one of Spain's great masters. It is an enthralling biography that traces Goya's life and career, as religious painter, printmaker, portraitist, contemporary chronicler and respected member of the royal court. It features an extensive gallery of all Goya's most important drawings, engravings and paintings, accompanied by an expert analysis of each work. Francisco de Goya was the last Old Master of Spanish art and the first of the great moderns. From royal portraits to bizarre, grotesque illustrations, his legacy demonstrates a tortured genius, generating some of the most compelling art ever produced. This book details how Goya rose to become Court Painter to several kings of Spain, becoming exceptionally wealthy, influential and highly valued. It also contains a gallery of 500 of his paintings, prints and drawings. Goya applied his innovative, distinctive to all his images - brutally honest portraits of royalty and the nobility, street life and demons - and through them, he changed art forever.
Susie Hodge has an MA in the History of Art by Research from the University of London. As an author and illustrator, Susie has written over 80 books for children and adults. She is the author of Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir and Velazquez in this series (published by Lorenz Books).