Spain marks the anniversary of Goya's birth with exhibits

April 21, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

An extensive exhibition of Francisco de Goya's paintings at the Prado in Madrid recently opened, marking the 250th anniversary of the artist's birth.

The exhibition includes the Prado's 128 Goyas as well as 42 on loan from other institutions.

The show encompasses the artist's nearly 60-year career, from his early, colorful portraits of aristocrats to the later so-called "black paintings" with somber tones and hallucinatory images.

The Prado is selling tickets, by date and time, for $8, through a 24-hour telephone service with English-speaking operators.

From outside Spain, the number is (34-1) 537-6200; in Spain, it is (902) 301-996. The exhibition ends June 2.

The museum allows a maximum of 185 visitors at the show at a time. Visitors can stand in line at the museum for a ticket costing $3.30 but must wait until the museum allows entry.

Across town, at the Royal Palace, 23 restored Goya tapestries and a few dozen related works will be on display from May 6 to June 31.

Admission is $1.60.

A third Goya exhibition in Madrid will be at the National Library June 27 to Sept. 20, featuring watercolors, lithographs and sketches. Admission is free.

For more information on travel in Spain in general, call (212) 759-8822.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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