Francisco Goya

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Francisco Goya was born in a small town near Saragossa, Spain. His father was a painter and a gilder. When he was fourteen he was apprenticed to a local artist. This was the beginning of his art career. He went to Rome for a year and then returned to Spain. It was during this time he did several large fresco projects. His marriage to Josefa, the sister of a painter in the royal court, was the turning point of his career. He became the official court painter for King Charles III and worked in the royal tapestry factory. Wealthy people wanted him to paint portraits of themselves and their families. In 1792 Goya suffered an illness which caused him to become deaf. His life changed, and so did his paintings. His works became very dark in color, and the subjects were evil-looking. He continued as the court painter for King Charles IV (the Fourth). He painted a family portrait for the king called " La Familia de Carlos IV" . However, the finished picture was very unflattering. The king didn't dismiss him, but he never asked Goya to paint another family portrait for him. When he wanted to make a statement about the politics of the time, he painted a series of pictures called "Caprices" . He would depict a person as a donkey or paint other scenes to ridicule certain people. His eyesight began to fail, then he suffered paralysis, and finally died in 1828 at the age of 82.

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Puzzle courtesy Patsy Stevens http://gardenofpraise.com