St Christopher

Goya portraits
Event 3
Saturday October 3rd, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

Goya exhibition preview

This is an archived event from the 2015 Programme.

Gail Turner lectures on Goya’s portraits – a few days before the National Gallery’s Autumn exhibition opens.

Goya designed many colourful tapestries, produced hundreds of satirical etchings and painted an influential range of political works; but in his powerful and original portraits he turns his critical and merciless eye directly onto his contemporaries.

Goya was the most sought-after portrait painter in Spain, and his sitters were from many different social spheres: politicians, architects, aristocrats, actresses, bankers, bullfighters, friends, relations and – towering over them all – the extraordinarily unattractive members of the Spanish Royal Family. We can marvel now at how daringly unflattering he could be – and how he got away with such provocative work.

Gail Turner read History at Oxford University and has an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute. She has taught at the Cambridge University International Summer School and currently teaches at the V&A and the Courtauld Institute Summer School. She lectures to NADFAS, The Art Fund and many other art organisations. HM the King of Spain recently awarded her the Encomienda de Isabel la Catolica (equivalent of the CBE) for her work promoting Spanish art and culture in Britain.