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COLORADO SPRINGS ROAD TRIP: 'Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos'

September 19, 2013 Updated: September 19, 2013 at 10:35 am
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photo - "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," by Francisco Jos?de Goya, 1796-1797. Courtesy Loveland Museum/Gallery.
"The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," by Francisco Jos?de Goya, 1796-1797. Courtesy Loveland Museum/Gallery. 

Through Sunday, Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, $5, free tours at noon Friday; 1-970-962-2410, lovelandmuseumgallery.org.

Think of it as political commentary. In pictures. And more than 200 years old.

"Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos," which closes Sunday at The Loveland Museum/Gallery in Loveland, features an early edition of the 80 etchings, first published in 1799.

"With etchings and print series, plates are created and many editions of the series can be created," says Erika Lehman, marketing coordinator for the City of Loveland Cultural Services Department. "But this was one of his first, so he probably handled all of these himself and checked for quality. The works aren't that big, but they have a big impact."

As with much of his painting, Goya, who lived from 1746 to 1828, critiqued the follies and conceits of 18th-century Spain. The series and Goya himself are considered a precursor to the modernist movement almost a century later.

The work in "Los Caprichos" was rife with political statements, a dangerous undertaking during the Spanish Inquisition when they were created. However, Goya knew the right people, Lehman says, and was able to escape repercussions.

Jennifer Mulson, Jen.mulson@gazette.com

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