The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, holds an impressive collection of works by Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), amassed by the museum’s founder, Norton Simon (1907–1993), over his lifetime. Simon’s fascination with Goya led him to purchase over fourteen hundred etchings, one drawing, and three oil paintings by the artist. Goya in the Norton Simon Museum is the first publication to provide a comprehensive catalogue of the museum’s Goya holdings. The book reproduces complete sets of Los Caprichos, Disasters of War, Tauromaquia, and Disparates, all series of etchings depicting the corruptions and horrors of eighteenth-century politics, war, and society. Accompanying texts by curator Leah Lehmbeck and Goya scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau chronicle Goya’s life and Norton Simon’s journey collecting his work. The book also includes a detailed chart cataloguing each Goya piece in the collection, and a section of biographies of previous Goya collectors.

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