Goya Books

Janis Tomlinson

Janis Tomlinson’s previous books on Goya include Francisco Goya: The Tapestry Cartoons and Early Career at the Court of Madrid (1989) and Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment (1992) and Goya: Order and Disorder, the catalogue of exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2014). The American curator for Goya: Images of Women (Museo del Prado, National Gallery of Art, 2001-2002) she has contributed to several exhibitions and lectured internationally. Her awards include a Guggenheim
Fellowship, a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and the 2021 Prose Award for Biography and autobiography from the Association of American Publishers.

Interviews with Janis Tomlinson

The best books on Goya and the art of biography, recommended by Janis Tomlinson

The art of Francisco de Goya reflects the social and political chaos of Spain in his day, leaving later generations to read into his prolific work—by turns formal and bizarre, official and fantastic—many often contradictory interpretations. Art historian Janis Tomlinson recommends books that disentangle Goya from the retroactive projections of later admirers and situates him in his own time. We also consider what makes for a compelling biography.

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