Title

Goya's late masterpiece : head of a monk

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Masterʼs Research Paper

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

M.E. Warlick

Second Advisor

Scott Montgomery

Keywords

Goya, Francisco, --1746-1828 -- Criticism and interpretation, Painting -- Expertising, Grotesque in art

Abstract

Francisco Goya painted few canvases during the last four years of his life spent in France. Several of his late masterpieces have fallen under scrutiny over the past ten years, their authenticity questioned by internationally respected scholars. Goya’s Head of a Monk can be counted among this group of disputed canvases. However, a comparison of the Monk with the artist’s sketchbooks, miniatures and murals created during his time in France as well as his last few years in Madrid indicate that this image as well as its underpainting were created by the master himself toward the end of his career.

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