Francisco de Goya from Los Caprichos, 1799
“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”
Carnegie Museum of Art is delighted to bring you artwork from our collection whose stories and themes connect with the sounds you will hear from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. We hope you enjoy experiencing this work of art alongside the performance.
Despite not knowing each other, Spanish artist Francisco de Goya and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven were connected by the marvels they created and the challenges they endured in their lives. Napoleon’s campaigns impacted Beethoven as he ushered in the Romantic era in music while Goya responded with expressionistic views of war. Their experiences of deafness lead to increased isolation yet immense periods of creativity including some of these Opus selections. Goya’s remains are entombed at the chapel of San Antonio de la Florida, Madrid, where the monumental fresco of The Miracle of St. Anthony graces the cupola.