The Third of May 1808 (cropped) by Francisco Goya, 1814
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If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs through June, July, and August. In each, he delves into the time of the artist, explores the present they inhabited, and what shaped their vision and creations, bringing the art and their creators to vivid life. Even if you’ve taken part in previous programs, you’ll find new insights in joining Glenshaw for another look at these timeless works.
Glenshaw is an artist, educator, author, and filmmaker with more than 30 years’ experience working across disciplines in the arts, history, and sciences. He teaches drawing for Smithsonian Associates and studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis.
The 3rd of May by Francisco Goya
In The 3rd of May by Francisco Goya, the brutal scene of a mass execution still manages to shock, even more than 200 years after its creation. But what does it actually depict? What were the events that so outraged Goya to create this iconic work? He was painter to the royal Spanish court and admirer of the French Enlightenment, yet he depicts French soldiers as an anonymous, inhumane machine killing his countrymen. The background of this painting tells us a lot about Goya and his time—how the artist, born of lower-middle class origins, worked his way to the highest echelons of Spanish society yet retained his connection to the people of his roots. Discover how his collision with the ruthless conquering ambition of Napoleon created this masterpiece.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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