Self-Portrait While Painting

Who was Goya?” asks a wall text in “Goya: Order and Disorder,” the illuminating survey of the enigmatic Spanish master’s achievement at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.1 “An unflinching eye,” we are told. “An expert at captions and wordplay. A master of diverse genres and media, whose technical innovations spurred his imagination.” The beautifully presented, thoughtfully paced retrospective, jointly organized by Frederick Ilchman, chair of the Art of Europe Department and the Mrs. Russell W. Baker...


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