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The author traces the life of the painter Francisco Goya y Lucientes (known simply as Goya) from his early childhood in 18th century Spain to his death, nearly a century later. Goya is apprenticed to a family friend, goes to art school, travels to Italy, and begins his career as a struggling artist in provincial Spain. Through networking and social contacts, he gains commissions from local churches and dignitaries. Word of his talent spreads, and eventua...