Francisco de Goya Lecture Series EMINENT SPANIARDS II

Francisco de Goya

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  1. Manuela MenaManuela Mena

    Doctor por la Universidad Complutense, su primera especialización fue en el campo del dibujo y la pintura italiana del siglo XVII. Dedicó algún tiempo a la docencia universitaria en la Universidad Complutense y en la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, ganando en 1979 la plaza de conservador de dibujos y estampas del Museo del Prado. Se apartó definitivamente de la Universidad en 1981, al ser nombrada en ese mismo año Subdirectora del Museo del Prado en las áreas de conservación, investigación y restauración, cargo que ejerció hasta 1996. En la actualidad se ocupa del área de Conservación de pintura del siglo XVIII y Goya, del Museo del Prado.

    Desde el Museo del Prado ha organizado numerosas exposiciones de dibujos y pintura. Tiene numerosas publicaciones sobre las materias de su especialización, en dibujos y pintura italiana de los siglos XVII y XVIII y en pintura española del mismo período. Trabaja en la revición del catálogo de la obra de Goya. Imparte esporádicamente cursos y conferencias en universidades españolas y en Estados Unidos.

2008, the 200th anniversary of 1808 and the beginning of the War of Independence, have served as an excuse to do a number of commemorations of historical and artistic nature, among which the figure of Goya has had a key role, and we could even say decisive. It is important to point out that to the historic and literary documentation of that time; which originated with the end of the Old Regime in France and the Revolution, and its Spanish implications; we have to add that Goya left us his images, in the paintings, prints, and drawings series. It is impossible to imagine that time period without his works, which are themselves first line historical documents, including his fundamental testimonies. Nevertheless, he was not only a pure "witness of his time"; like a neutral and realist journalist, an appreciation that is commonly found in texts devoted to his figure; because it is necessary to take into consideration his judgements and critics, this is, his personal vision of the reality in which he lived. The artistic figure of Goya, with its profound and philosopher-like unreachable dimension, was a result of his privileged intelligence, of his profound feelings, of his relationship with the homeland, its governments and its society in general, and of his amazing knowledge of the human nature.