Francisco de Goya is still viewed by many as one of Spain's most talented artists. In fact, some still refer to him as "The Father of Modern Art." His paintings and drawings were produced during the latter part of the 18th century and the first part of the 19th century, covering a period of about 60 years. Goya's career was greatly furthered once he became King Charles III's painter. In later years, he continued as the official crown painter of both King Charles IV and King Charles V. The trials of his life are noted, including how the Inquisition affected his artistic freedom and how he responded to becoming deaf. The majority of this great romantic artist's works can still be viewed in the El Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. This five-part series profiles the lives and work of the artists Whistler, Courbet, Friedrich, Goya, and Rosetti.
~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi