Francisco de Goya and the Mirror's Reflection

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In this paper, the author gives an analysis of Francisco de Goya, arguing that the painter uses mirrors to symbolize harmonization of subject with its true self throughout his work.

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Creation Date: April 14, 2011
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UNT Honors College
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UNT Scholarly Works
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Creator (Author):
Blanco, Andrea

University of North Texas

Creator (Contributor):
Donahue-Wallace, Kelly, 1968-

University of North Texas; Faculty Mentor; kwallace@unt.edu

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  • Creation: April 14, 2011
  • EmbargoUntil: April 14, 2013
Description:

In this paper, the author gives an analysis of Francisco de Goya, arguing that the painter uses mirrors to symbolize harmonization of subject with its true self throughout his work.

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Abstract: This analysis argues that Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), uses mirrors to symbolize harmonization of subject with its true self throughout his work. To argue this thesis, the analysis strategy employs a semiotic approach by first using the etching 'Hasta La Muerte' (1794-1799), of the 'Los Caprichos' series to define the mirror as a bridge between a perceived state of being and reality and then considers Goya's modern interpretation of the classic female nude through his drawing 'Nude Woman Holding a Mirror' (1796-1797). The following section addresses the artist's intentional reference to art history and an implied mirror in his painting 'Family of Carlos IV' (1800-1801). The analysis explores the circular similarities between the series 'Allegories of Commerce, Agriculture and Industry' (1802-1804), and traditional mirror form to determine how Goya intends to represent Spanish society.

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20 p. : col. ill.

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Keyword(s): art history | paintings
Source: Eighth Annual University Scholars Day, 2011, Denton, Texas, United States
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Series Title: University Scholars Day
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UNT Honors College
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UNT Scholarly Works
Relation (Is Version Of): Francisco de Goya and the Mirror's Reflection, ark:/67531/metadc93293
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