Picasso and Goya with Dr. Marta López Beriso

Picasso and Goya with Dr. Marta López Beriso


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When Goya painted May 3rd, 1808 he paid homage to those civilians who during a war cannot attack or defend themselves and who always die. This is the first time that the loser of a battle was depicted as the hero of a historical canvas. Commissioned by King Ferdinand VII as a propaganda piece to support his illegitimate political power, Goya was able to fulfill the requirements of the king and, at the same time, tell his own version of the story. Together with the companion work, May 2nd, 1808, which depicts the citizens of Madrid resisting the French army, Goya's two masterworks opened a wide and radical door to modernity.

In 1937 Picasso was commissioned to paint a work for the Spanish Pavillion at the World Exhibition held in Paris and he looked to Goya's works for inspiration for his monumental canvas, Guernica. The artist used the opportunity to depict the horrors of the bombing raid perpetrated by the Nazi Condor Legion, with approval of Spain's Fascist ruler, Francisco Franco, on the villages of the Basque region. With modern techniques and new modes of expression, Picasso uses images of Spanish fiestas and bullfights to mask the subversive message of his work. Like May 3rd, 1808 by Goya before him, Picasso creates a monument to the defenseless citizens, paying homage to his countrymen who perished and to the artist whose work inspired him.

Led by Madrid based Art Historian Marta Lopez Beriso, this interactive discussion will introduce us in-depth to these artists and artworks. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this intriguing subject.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The teacher was very well-informed, provided a very sophisticated analysis while still being accessible, presented a professional PowerPoint and tried to engage the class by asking questions.

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The fact that the conversations are interactive sets them apart from streaming lectures and makes them fun for participants.

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Very interesting

A great presentation

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Cecilia

The teacher was very well-informed, provided a very sophisticated analysis while still being accessible, presented a professional PowerPoint and tried to engage the class by asking questions.

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Rebecca

The fact that the conversations are interactive sets them apart from streaming lectures and makes them fun for participants.