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Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album

26 February - 25 May 2015



The Telegraph,

“One of the Highlights of the cultural year”

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This major exhibition reunites all the surviving drawings from the Witches and Old Women Album for the first time, offering a fascinating and enlightening view of a very private and personal Goya.

Drawn in the last decade of his life, the album was never meant to be seen beyond a small circle of friends. Goya gave free rein to his creativity, inventing extraordinary images that range from the humorous to the sinister and the macabre.

In this exhibition visitors are invited to discover the private world of Goya’s boundless imagination, expressed through visions and nightmares, superstitions, and the problems of old age. Above all the drawings reveal Goya’s penetrating observation of human nature: our fears, weaknesses and desires.


  • Friends of The Courtauld
  • International Music and Art Foundation
  • Anonymous, in memory of Melvin R. Seiden


  • Benjamin Proust Fine Art Limited London
  • Embassy of Spain, Office for Culture and Scientific Affairs
  • Sam Fogg
  • Travolozza Foundation – Katrin Bellinger

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