Goya: Disasters of War. In Turin from 15th January to 28th February

The National University Library of Turin in the near future will house a really special exhibition entirely dedicated to a unique artist, “Goya: I disastri della Guerra” (“Goya: Disasters of War”).

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The title says it all. In fact the exhibition, which will take place from 15th January to 28th February, will show as absolute protagonists “Los Desastres de la Guerra” (“Disasters of War”) by Francisco Goya, the exceptionally gifted Spanish painter and engraver.

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The “Desastres” are 82 original palimpsests engraved by the artist, who tells the several wars and conflicts which for years afflicted the whole Europe, during a very important historical period, marked by deep political, cultural and institutional changes.

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In this way the exhibition, through these extremely striking palimpsests, retraces the history of Europe, so strong and evocative almost to tell the history of the whole world, in a linear way, laying out and organizing the pictures in a perfect chronological order.

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We don’t know exactly when Goya began to engrave his palimpsests. According to majority, it seems that he began between 1808 and 1809, but kept on work some years later, in 1820, with the “Caprichos Enfáticos” (the third section of the artworks’ series that refers to the Absolutist period with social-political criticism).

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Therefore, the exhibition awaits you from 15th January to 28th February in the halls of the National University Library of Turin.

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