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Goya: Images of Women

March 10 – June 2, 2002
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72 through 79

Francisco de Goya, Señora Sabasa Garcia, c. 1806/1811, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.88

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 114 paintings, drawings, tapestry cartoons, tapestries, and prints were shown in this first major exhibition to consider the work of Francisco Goya y Lucientes through his representation of women. The works were drawn primarily from the collection of the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, the Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, and the National Gallery of Art, with additional major loans from American and European collections. Included were portraits, genre scenes, and additional images of women created by the artist throughout his career. The exhibition was organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado. A slightly different version of the exhibition in Madrid had the title Goya: La imagen de la mujer.

An audio tour was narrated by National Gallery of Art Director Earl A. Powell III and included interviews with Goya scholars Janis Tomlinson, Nigel Glendinning, Fred Licht, and Aileen Ribeiro. A Spanish recording of the audio tour was also available.

A public symposium, Goya's Images of Women, was presented on March 16, 2002.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Scholar Janis Tomlinson was guest curator. Philip Conisbee, senior curator of European paintings and curator of French paintings, was coordinator at the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation and General Dynamics/General Dynamics Santa Barbara Sistemas. It was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 262,558

Catalog: Goya: Images of Women, edited by Janis A. Tomlinson, with contributions by Francisco Calvo Serraller, Aileen Ribeiro, Concha Herrero Carretero, and Anne Reuter. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2002.

Other Venues: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, October 30, 2001–February 9, 2002

Goya, Francisco
Spanish, 1746 - 1828

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