Goya: Early Prints and Interpretations after Velazquez

Twenty-one engravings by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes are on display in Goya: Early Prints and Interpretive Etchings after Velazquez.  Drawn from the Norton Simon Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition features a selection of Goya's earliest independent prints, including The Garroted Man  and two trial proofs treating the theme of the landscape. Also included is a series of sixteen interpretive etchings after the paintings of Diego Velazquez that hung in the Royal Palace in Madrid. Through them, one sees Goya's move towards a new artistic idiom, Romanticism. By stressing the prominence of the figure over his environment, Goya creates a vital tension in the prints that invites a deeper examination of the psychology of the personalities portrayed.