Francisco de Goya

Painter

Birthday March 30, 1746

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Spain

DEATH DATE Apr 16, 1828 (82)

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About

Romantic artist best known for his "Disasters of War" prints and for his painting, "The Third of May 1808." His "Charles IV of Spain and His Family" portrait was representative of his penchant for depicting his subjects honestly.

Before Fame

He hoped to study art at the Royal Academy of Fine Art, but he was twice denied admission to the school. He lived in Rome for a time before returning to Saragossa; he was responsible for "Adoration of the Name of God" and a few of the other cupolas on the Basilica of the Pillar.

Trivia

He was often commissioned to paint portraits of Spanish royalty, and he produced work for Duke Pedro Téllez-Girón and Countess-Duchess María Josefa Pimentel, among others.

Family Life

He was born in Fuendetodos, Spain, to José Benito de Goya y Franque and Gracia de Lucientes y Salvador; his father was a gilder. He was married to Josefa Bayeu and he had a son named Javier and a daughter named Maria.

Associated With

His life provided the basis for the 2006 film Goya's Ghosts, starring Natalie Portman.