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'Blackburn rescues the man from inside the madman. She redeems a lost life' The Times

In 1792, when he was forty-seven, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya contracted a serious illness which left him stone deaf. In this extraordinary book Julia Blackburn follows Goya through the remaining thirty-five years of his life. It was a time of political turmoil, of war, violence and confusion, and Goya transformed what he saw happening in the world around him into his visionary paintings, drawings and etchings. These were also years of tenderness for Goya, of intimate relationships with the Duchess of Alba and with Leocadia, his mistress, who was with him to the end. Julia Blackburn writes of the elderly painter with the intimacy of an old friend, seeing through his eyes and sharing the silence in his head, capturing perfectly his ferocious energy, his passion and his genius.

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  • Old Man Goya
    Julia Blackburn

    Paperback

    9780099437253

    June 2, 2003

    Vintage

    256 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781407073835

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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