Often regarded as the blueprint for modern photo journalism, Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War prints capture the shocking reality of warfare.
Containing some of the most brutally graphic images of war ever produced, Goya used sparse lines combined with strong light and dark shadow to convey the extreme violence following Napolean Bonaparte’s invasion of Spain in 1808.
A master draftsman and printmaker, Goya worked on these evocative etchings but the prints didn’t see the light of day until after his death. Today the Chester Beatty Library holds the entire collection of 80 prints, and half of the collection is available for you to view in this exhibition.
With poignant scenes of human suffering alongside detailed etchings of extreme violence, prepare to be moved – if not shocked – by Francisco Goya’s prints.