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Display of Goya Prints Featured at the NLM

Thirteen prints by Francisco Goya (1746-1828) , a Spanish painter who stands among the first modern artists, are on display at the National Library of Medicine.

Although Goya held a position as court painter to Spain's King Charles IV, he often mocked the powerful in his paintings and satirized Spain's government and church. His depictions of hospital patients, torture chambers, the poor, and people in complex psychological states, transformed the unmentionable into fit subjects for art.

Two of the works are first editions created by Goya, while the others are "restrikes" printed by others using Goya's original plates.

This exhibition, on display from September 20, 2004 through October 29, 2004, is curated by Belle Waring of the Prints and Photographs Collection of the History of Medicine Division.

The National Library of Medicine is located at 8600 Rockville Pike in Bethesda, MD and is near the Medical Center stop on Metro's Red Line. The Library's hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition is inside the History of Medicine Reading Room. For more information, call: 301 496-6308.