Sarah Symmons’ fascinating account locates Goya in the context of his Spanish heritage, traces the immense influence of his work throughout Europe and considers the continued relevance of his art in the twentieth century. Drawings, oil paintings, frescos, tapestry designs and prints all convey the full range of Goya’s work. Symmons draws on the most recent scholarship and on rediscovered works to create a comprehensive portrait of this complex artist that is perfectly up-to-date and highly absorbing.
“Sarah Symmons has done a deft job contextualising Goya.”-Independent
“Symmons uses her deep understanding of Spanish institutions and Goya’s contemporaries to illuminate the trajectory of his career. In presenting such a subtle and revealing image, she has done a great service to students and aficionados of Goya alike.”-The Art Book
On the Art & Ideas series
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“The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods… I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.”-Joachim Pissarro, Yale University
“Phaidon’s series may prove to be the pick of the crop. It boasts expert but undogmatic texts and a wealth of illustrations.”-The Sunday Telegraph
– From the Publisher