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A DAY WITH GOYA. INTRODUCTION. Hello everybody! W e interviewed the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes , who has risen from the dead to answer my questions about his life and his famous paintings. In the interview we will discuss the following points: His life.

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Hello everybody! We interviewed the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, who has risen from the dead to answer my questions about his life and his famous paintings.

In the interview we will discuss the following points:

  • His life.

  • Tapestry cartoons

  • Portraits.

  • Religious paintings.

  • Paintings of historical subject.

  • Black paintings.

  • Engravings.

Life of francisco de goya
Life of Francisco de Goya

  • When and wherewereyou born?

  • I was born in Fuendetodos (Zaragoza) the 30 of March in1746.

  • Where did you study and where did you work?

  • I started to study in Zaragoza but in the year 1770 I went to Italy. After a few years, I started to work with Francisco Bayeu in Madrid making designs for tapestries.

  • It seems that you had many problems with your health during all your life..

  • Yes, in 1792 I suffered a strange illness that left me deaf. Then, in 1819 I had an outbreak of yellow fever but my friend Dr. Arrieta saved my life. Finally in 1828 I died when I was 82 because of the depression I felt during the exile in Bordeaux but also because of a stroke.

Tapestry cartoons

  • What are the tapestry cartoons?

  • The tapestry cartoons or designs are a series of works that I painted between 1775 and 1792 for the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Barbara. These cartoons made me very famous!

  • What did you paint in those cartoons?

  • I painted many scenes of everyday life, such as festivals or scenes of the city and the countryside, everything with a cheerful character.

  • Which is your favorite painting in this series?

  • My favourite work is Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares. I painted it in a very detailed way, paying great attention to in the facial expressions of the characters that appear in it. They eat, dance, drink and sing and enjoy the beautiful day.


  • Who were your models?

  • I painted a lot of portraits of the royal family and of members of the nobility but I also painted ordinary people.

  • Howdidyoupainttheportraits?

  • I painted not only their physical appearance but also their feelings.

  • Whichisyourfavouriteportrait?

  • Theportrait of thestupid and vicious Bourbon king Fernando VII . I paintedhimwithanuglyfacebecause he treatedthepeopleverybadly.

Religious paintings
Religious paintings.

  • What kind of religious-themed paintings did you do?

  • I used to paint frescoes in churches, like the basilica Del Pilar in Zaragoza. My painting of Christ on the cross is famous.

Paintings of historical subject
Paintings of historical subject.

  • What did you represent in these paintings?

  • I represented the episodes of the war of independence with France.

  • What are your favourite paintings of this period?

  • My favourites are La carga de los mamelucos . In this work I show the panic and hatred that was felt in Madrid that day and Los fusilamientos del tres de mayo because in this work I try to show what people feel before dying.

Black paintings
Black paintings.

  • What led you to create the black paintings?

  • War and disease made me suffer a lot. I painted them to decorate the walls of my house because I felt old and sad.

  • How would you describe the type of painting you did in this period?

  • I painted them as symbols of horror and madness. I used to eat my meals looking at my painting Saturn devouring his son.


  • How many series of engravingshave you done? Can you describe them?

  • I made ​​four series, one of them are Los caprichos where I show the abuses of the church and some scenes of witchcraft. Also,there are the disasters of war which teach the atrocities during the war, another series are the nonsenses that show monsters and finally La tauromaquia which is dedicated to bullfighting.




  • Wherewas Francisco de Goya born?


Collado Villalba


  • In which of these countries did Goya study?




  • For whom did Goya paint the tapestry cartoons?


Royal Palace

Prado Museum

Royal Tapestry Factory

  • Which feeling do they represent?




Look at thispicture (Portrait of Fernando VII) and answerthequestion.


  • How do you think this person treat the people?





In which Cathedral can you see this fresco ?

Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza

Cathedral in Burgos

Look at thispicture (Fusilamientos del 3 de Mayo) and answerthequestion.

Paintings of historical subject

Which war is represented?

Hundred years war

Independence War


Look at thepictureSaturndevouringhis son and answerthequestion.

Black paintings

What is the predominant colour of this picture?

What feeling does it transmit?




This engravingiscalled “thestudentknows more thantheteacher”. Whatdoesthisengravingrepresent?







  • Tomo nº2. Colección: Los grandes genios del arte. Editorial: El Mundo.

  • Libro 4º ESO. Historia. Editorial: Oxford.