Goya and the Mystery of Reading
Goya and the Mystery of Reading explores the critical impact this transition had on the work of an artist who aimed not to copy the world around him, but to see it anew—to read it. Goya's creations offer a sustained reflection on the implications of reading, which he depicted as an ambiguous, often mysterious activity: one which could lead to knowledge or ecstasy, to self-fulfillment or self-destruction, to piety or perdition. At the same time, he used reading to elicit new possibilities of interpretation. This book reveals for the first time the historical, intellectual, and artistic underpinnings of reading as one of the pillars of his art.
Introduction: Francisco de Goya and the Reading Revolutions
Chapter 1: Reading and Politics
Chapter 2: Reading and the Self
Chapter 3: Reading, Leisure, and Sensuality
Chapter 4: Reading and the Contours of the Human
Afterword: Words Written at the Edge of Shadows