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Goya and the Art of Violence

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 4 – 5:30pm

Goya and the Art of Violence

A public lecture presented by Dr. Peter Cherry (History of Art and Architecture, TCD) as part of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Research Seminar series 2018-19. 

This short talk will consider Goya’s print series The Disasters of War, made in response to the conflicts unleashed by the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1807. Far from being a patriotic historical documentation of the “Spanish War of Independence”, these images run against the grain of the conventionally heroic rhetoric of righteous violence and deal with a range of themes generally untreated in imagery of any period. The skilled and expressive use of the artist’s print medium gives a paradoxical beauty to scenes of sometimes unbearable savagery.


About the speaker
Dr. Peter Cherry has a long-standing interest in the history of still-life and genre painting in Spain and Italy, and has been involved in a number of exhibitions in this area. His research interests generally focus on the visual art of seventeenth-century Spain and include the following: the production, market, and collecting of different types of visual art; originals and copies; the relationships between “masters” and “followers”; the techniques of art; art and patronage in Seville; the relationship between art and plague; and the portraiture of Velázquez and his circle.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Type: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Classes, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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