Peter Robinson

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Review of 'Goya', Robert Hughes, Harvill £20

Why is it that, after two centuries of increasingly barbaric conflicts, Goya's work is still a peak of artistic representation of the human cost of warfare? Robert Hughes's beautiful biography of Goya answers this fully. It is a great work of scholarship, but also of love for its subject. Goya's journey from provincial art student, to royal portraitist, to draughtsman of the human condition is told with style and bravura.

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