Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Revisions


The giant, fierce figure of The Colossus as he rises above a fleeing crowd of people, carts and animals is one of Spanish artist Francisco de Goya's most dramatic and famous pictures – at least it was until yesterday, when Madrid's Prado museum declared he had not painted it.

Full story here.

Adrian Searle then poses the question, and some historical points concerning Colossus here. "As the Colossus wades through the world, so historians and critics – and everyone else who looks at the painting – have to make a way through its multiple meanings, its endless mutability. The question of authorship has now compounded those questions. Yet the painting is still worth looking at, just the same."