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Francisco Goya - Black Paintings - The Reading

Goya’s black paintings: The reading

Artist Francisco Goya
Title The reading
Year 1819-1823
Technique Mural (later converted to canvas)
Current location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Francisco Goya - Black Paintings - The Reading
The Reading

The reading, also known as Politicians or Men reading, shows a group of men reading a book, or maybe a newspaper or magazine, that the man in the middle has on his lap. One of them is probably reading aloud, some of the men seem to be reading along, others are merely listening.

We cannot see what the men are reading. The men are generally considered to be politicians, reading a newspaper (an article about themselves?), but it is unclear where this explanation originated.

The reading probably formed a pair with Two women and a man.

The reading is on display in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.



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3 responses to “Goya’s black paintings: The reading”

  1. […] women and a man, also known as Two women or Two women laughing, seems to have formed a pair with The reading. Research has shown that in an earlier version of the painting the three people in this painting […]

  2. alby Avatar

    wonder why one man is looking up.

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