Francisco Goya, with an Original Selfie

On May 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain, Francisco Goya (1746-1828) began his passionate, talented life. Goya was one of Spain’s most influential and prominent artists, whose paintings, graphics, and drawings often defied the conventionality of the 18th century. The Italian notion of beauty had dominated European art, and Goya fearlessly introduced human images of cruelty, madness, and war. He scandalized Spain with his portrait of “La maja desnuda” (“The Maja Unclothed”), scorning the prohibition of the Inquisition against nudity in paintings. His influence over artistic thought and technique continues to this day.