Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum at NGV International

Fri 25th June, 2021 – Sun 3rd October, 2021
10:00am – 5:00pm
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The Spanish master’s drawings go on show in Melbourne direct from Madrid.

A new exhibition at the NGV celebrates the extraordinary imagination of the Spanish artist Francisco Goya.

Considered to be one of the first truly modern artists, Francisco Goya’s (1746–1828) drawings are renowned for their humorous observations, confronting depictions of violence, and surreal flights of fantasy.

A world-exclusive for the NGV, Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum features 160 works on paper, including 44 drawings on loan from the Prado Museum in Madrid, making this the largest exhibition of Goya’s works ever seen in Australia.

The drawings span a period of thirty years, from the artist’s earliest albums of social satires through to the enigmatic visions and dreams recorded in his late works. The exhibition aims to showcase the breadth of Goya’s talent, as well as offering a rare insight into the artist’s image-making process.

The selection of prints is drawn from Goya’s four etching series: the Caprichos 1797–98, which satirised vices and follies in Spanish society; the Disasters of War 1810–15, based on the atrocities of the war and famine that followed the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1808; the Tauromaquia c. 1815–16 on the subject of bullfighting; and the Disparates c. 1815–19, made during the reign of Ferdinand VII, whose suppression of civil liberties affected the lives of many intellectuals and reformers in Spain, including Goya and his friends.

More details and book tickets. Visitors can also access Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum at NGV International for just $10 when they buy a ticket for NGV’s French Impressionism exhibition.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with NGV International.