This gallery provides resources for understanding printmaking in relation to Francisco Goya.
Although Goya is best known for his paintings and court portraits, he also produced several print series and utilized various techniques, some of which were newly invented during his lifetime. He was known as one of the best printmakers of his time because of his unique abilities to combine processes to create images that are rendered with perfect shading and tones. He was the widely considered the last of the old masters and created some of the world's most beautiful masterpieces in the printmaking technique.
Learning Goals: By using this gallery, students will...
- Gain an understanding of the visual effects produced by various forms of printmaking, as well as a general understanding of different prink making processes.
- Discover what the different printmaking techniques are called and be able to identify them.
- Practice the different techniques in the classroom and come up with thier own creative processes.
- Realize the revolutionary effects of printmaking on copying and distributing artwork.
Using this Resource: Visual Art teachers and students will be interested in Goya’s art making processes including his use of aquatint, etching, and lithographs.
For supplementary classroom activities, online resources, and a bibliography, refer to the materials posted under Related Resources at the bottom of this page. The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web source - or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries - to look for other objects that will provide further insights into this exhibition of Goya's artistic career.