Thursday, July 16, 2009


Birth name: Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Born: 30 March 1746 (1746-03-30)

Died: 16 April 1828 (aged 82)

Nationality: Spanish

Once again, the Olimpo Gallery in Merida has managed an exhibition of one of the world's most renowned artists, Francisco Goya. Regretfully, only his sketches/prints/etchings were on display, but they were nothing short of wonderful!

I am familiar with some of his works, and have always been a Goya fan. He was truly a great artist and has bestowed a magnificent gift to the world in the form of his awesome works of art. I was unaware that he was also a prolific sketch artist and acquired a wealth of knowledge from this exhibit.

I only wish that the Olimpo Gallery would stop teasing us with just sketches and prints (Picasso and now Goya) and book some of these great artists' actual paintings! That would be a welcomed surprise. Having said that, hats off for booking whatever they can get some other museum to send us! We'll do our best to continue to support their efforts.
If you are in the area, or planning on visiting by the end of August 2009, put this on your list of things to do, places to go, and people to see. The museum is right in the heart of Merida, directly across from the main square, and the exhibit is absolutely free!

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