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Comment Archives: Events: Art

Re: “Goya: The Disasters of War

February 28, 2014

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts' February 28 to June 8, 2014 Goya: The Disasters of War exhibition irrefutably contains 80 non-disclosed posthumous [after 1863] forgeries, falsely attributed to a Francisco de Goya y Lucientes [d 1828], from posthumously [after 1863] reworked and altered etching plates.

The posthumous reworking and alterations of Goya's lifetime etching plates, with aquatint, etched lines outlining the images and titles by the Royal Academy in Madrid, is confirmed, in part, by very -same- curator for this exhibition: Janis A. Tomlinson, twenty two years ago, in her 1992 Goya In the Twilight of Enlightenment catalogue published by Yale University Press. After Goya's lifetime "Disasters of War" etching plates were acquired by the Academy of Fine Art of San Fernando in 1862, the author wrote:

"To make the first edition of the series most of the plates were altered, completing the lines framing the scenes, adding scratches, and even brunienclo areas of aquatint (7) and tinkering with drypoint (1, 77), chisel (38) or etching (43, 57). Besides printing was performed following the style of the time by the effects of entrapado, a procedure which passes a muslin cloth over the plate and inked on the surface leaving a certain amount of ink that produces a very soft toned overall. The result was far from the force and clarity that can be seen in the many state tests are preserved."

Caveat Emptor!

Gary Arseneau
artist, creator of original lithographs
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by gwarseneau on 02/28/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Do you have to be 21 to go to this?

Posted by Carson Combs on 02/07/2013 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

This is a great event, but what an awful writeup.

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Posted by art monkey on 07/18/2010 at 11:54 AM

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