Learn about Francisco Gayo!
Visit The Hyde Collection Art Museum to see the Francisco Goya (1746-1828) exhibit. Goya is considered the first Modern artist, for his innovative painting techniques and social commentary. He used the privilege provided him as portraitist of the monarchy and aristocracy to create a series of etchings critiquing Spanish life at the end of the eighteenth century. With them, Goya took aim at what he saw as backward thinking: a church that hunted heretics, peasant superstitions, and the upper classes' brutal treatment of the poor.