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Goya by Robert Hughes
In Goya, Robert Hughes gives us the biography of the famous Spanish artist Francisco Goya y Lucientes. Not only is the story of the artist's life and paintings, but it is also accompanied by the bloody history of that era in Spain, with the Inquisition and the Napoleonic invasion. Goya painted for the king, painted portraits, and also painted scenes of war, violence, despair, and madness. Robert Hughes chronicles the path Goya's life took against the backdrop of history, and how his painting style changed with it. An illness that left Goya deaf later in his life drew his emotional state and paintings to the edge of insanity. A horrible accident left Robert Hughes in his own depths of despair, which finally gave him to insight to write this book on Goya, and it's received glowing reviews. The Houston Chronicle says, "Beautifully printed, with full-color illustrations only occasionally reproduced too small, Goya is among the season's best biographies."