Francisco Goya – Caprichos

25 April 2019 - 30 September 2019

Francisco Goya – Caprichos / Francisco Goya – Caprichos

Place Hradec nad Moravicí Chateau, CZECH REPUBLIC
Organizer National Heritage Institute / Národní památkový ústav
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Francisco Goya´s Caprichos, the collection 80 rare prints in aquatint and etching is exhibited in Velká galerie, White Chateau, Hradec nad Moravicí from 25 April, 2019. Only two albums of the Goya´s Caprichos can be found in the Czech Republic. In the National Gallery, Prague and only complete one in art collection of Hradec nad Moravicí chateau. Duke Felix Maria Lichnovský z Voštic (1814–1848), holder of the chateau, obtained the prints, today ranking among the Goya´s masterpieces, most likely on his Spanish journey. Hradec nad Moravicí hosted exhibition of the prints only twice, in 1965 and 1996. In comparison with them the current exhibition of the satirical scenes from human life is accompanied by “Explication of Goya´s Caprices written by his own hand.“ (Explicación de los Caprichos de Goya escrita por su propia mano).
Goya began creating 80 prints in 1797 during his residence in Sanlúcar de Barrameda at the invitation of Duchess of Alba. In total 267 albums of Caprichos were published in Madrid, 1799. The central theme a merciless criticism of society articulated Goya´s worldview full of sarcasm and satire. Using realistic details he redicules authentic persons and particular professions as well as animals playing part of metaphorical similitudes adapted from the real human world. Magical scenes with atmosphere full of phantoms narrowly overstep critical frame of the prints. High artistic fineness of Goya´s expressionism makes motives more powder. Intensive lines of etching, often in triangle outline composition, create contrasts with rich variety of shades. Perfect balancing of content and form contributed to the worldwide fame of Spanish master significantly. Goya´s offensive and biting work aroused an indignation among contemporary high society in Madrid. Even today we find the masterpiece highly actual.
The exhibition is open to the public autonomously or as a part of the main guided tour.