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But it is the satire that still resonates, Marisa Oropesa, the curator, said in an interview. The Caprichos is one of four series of prints that comprise the bulk of the Pera show. Heart-wrenching in their brutality, these images have the power to chill even now.
The engravings outweigh the smattering of paintings, which makes the show an intense study in monochrome, but the paintings are a vibrant punctuation to the intimately sized prints.
The diptych is among commissions from royalty and other wealthy patrons Goya undertook at the start of his career.
Born in , Francisco de Goya y Lucientes was rejected early on by the art establishment. He soon had little trouble securing commissions from nobility. In , illness left Goya deaf and withdrawn, and he began to experiment across other media, which led to some of his most arresting works. His place among the great artists was assured. The works are primarily from collections in Spain and Italy. Some own only one engraving or part of a series, Oropesa said. Getting so many of them together was complex.
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