Series of lectures by the Musée du Louvre Louvre Lectures Goya paints history

To commemorate the opening of the Ninth presentation of Louvre - DNP Museum Lab, Guillaume Kientz, curator from the Department of Paintings of the Musée du Louvre, will share with us some thoughts about Goya, author of the exhibit at Gotanda, and History. Feel free to come and listen to this conference.

Born in the mid-18th century, Goya reached maturity as humanism developed during the Enlightenment. This philosophical optimism found expression in the luminous and blithe pictures of his early years, painted before European history swayed the destiny of Spain. For intellectual ferment has as a consequence political ferment and noble ideas have a dark underside. In 1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, revealing the dark side of a nation thought to be the most enlightened in the world. A disillusioned witness to this change – as unexpected as it was tragic – in Enlightenment ideals, Goya turned what he saw into images. The pleasantness of everyday life gave way to crisis. History introduced itself into his paintings, but it was no longer the ancient or biblical history that constituted the summit of the hierarchy of genres, it was history in the making that henceforth obliged the artist to take up a paintbrush and express himself.
(French-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Speaker:Guillaume Kientz
Born in Strasbourg in 1980, Guillaume Kientz began studying art history after obtaining a degree in political science. He completed a master’s degree in Rome on 17th-century portraits of cardinals and did postgraduate research on the collections of the Musée Granet d’Aix-en-Provence. After graduating from the Institut National du Patrimoine in 2008, he joined the Conservation Régionale des Monuments Historiques d’Auvergne. In 2010, he joined the Musée du Louvre, where he is charge of the collections of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American paintings and sculptures. His current research focuses on early 17th-century Spanish painting and on the relationship between the Caravaggisti and early naturalist currents in Spanish painting. He is also working on various projects relating to Mexican art, Velázquez, Goya and the history of the Louis Philippe’s Spanish museum.

  Practical information
  Dates and times April 28 (Sat.), 2012, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Access: Tokyo, Shinagawa-ku, Nishi Gotanda, 3-5-20, DNP-Gotanda Building, RDC
・ to 6 minutes walk from Gotanda station.
Yamanote line (JR) / Asakusa line (Toei) / Ikegami line (Tokyu)
・ to 7 minutes walk from Meguro station
Yamanote line (JR), Nanboku line
*No parking is available; please do not come by car.
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  Number of participants limited to 100
  Admission free

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