Monday, 11 January 2016
Goya: The Portraits, National Gallery
Something I found equally as impressive as the paintings, drawings and miniatures, was the background provided on Goya's life. The artist secured his first important portrait commission at the age of thirty-seven and continued to gain popularity and patrons ranging from aristocrats to military figures. One thing is for certain, many of the faces of his subjects are now firmly fixed in my head - his own Self-portrait with Dr Arrieta included. The painting shows him in a state of despair and illness before being brought back from the brink of death by the care of his good friend, Dr Arrieta. Was it moving? Definitely. If absolute recollection is the sign of a good artist, I can confirm I'm one of Goya's latest fans!