MELBOURNE, FLA.—The art and literary works of the late 18th- and early 19th – century master artist Francisco Goya will be revisited with a lecture and exhibition at the Foosaner Art Museum’s new Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Federico Castellon, which runs through March 18. The illustrated lecture on Saturday, Feb. 18, “Goya: In His Own Words,” by Janis Tomlinson, Ph.D., director of University Museums at the University of Delaware, will explore the life and works of the artist. The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m., in the Harris Auditorium.
A contemporary of Thomas Jefferson, the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) had a remarkable career. Born in the provincial capital of Saragossa, he moved to the court of Madrid, where he ascended in the ranks to become First Court Painter in 1799. He remained in Madrid throughout the Napoleonic occupation of Spain (1808-1813), and only in 1824 did he leave Spain to spend his remaining years in Bordeaux.
Although he is widely regarded as one of the most enigmatic masters in the history of art, Goya’s own correspondence, the writings of his friends and acquaintances and official memoranda document his art and activities far more thoroughly than in the cases of many artists of the period. This fully- illustrated lecture examines Goya’s art and life in light of these documents, presenting his paintings and etchings accompanied by the words of the artist and his contemporaries.
Tomlinson was the U.S. curator for the exhibition, Goya: Images of Women (Museo del Prado/National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2001-2002).
At the University of Delaware’s Old College Gallery, Tomlinson oversees the art collections, galleries and museums, and serves as curator. She has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, she received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tomlinson’s publications include articles, exhibition reviews and books on Spanish painting including Francisco Goya y Lucientes 1746-1828, El Greco to Goya: Painting in Spain 1561-1828, and Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment. She also contributed essays to exhibitions of Goya’s work at MUNAL in Mexico City and Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Her writings have been translated into Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
The Fear and Folly exhibition is organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; seniors, children and students with I.D., $2; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone.
Special rates and tours are available for groups of eight or more. For more information, call (321) 242-0737 or visit http://www.foosanerartmuseum.org/.