Francisco Goya's genius was always laced with something sinister. As a court painter, he lent his portraits a subtle brutality, painting his subjects with blank eyes and double chins. Later, after two serious illnesses that left him deaf and gloomy, and as Spain's politics grew bloody and grim, Goya's work grew darker, his subjects grittier, cast in shadow. He crafted furiously energetic etchings of men pulling each other apart, showed gods full of bloodlust, and painted "Flight of the Witches", with its gruesome depiction of super-natural weightlessness against an inky-black background. The picture appears alongside two of Goya's most iconic works,"The Second of May 1808" and "The Third of May 1808", which have been cleaned and restored to mark the 200th anniversary of the Spanish War of Independence (the Peninsular war). These works lie at the centre of a sweeping chronological show of Goya's paintings, drawings and etchings from 1795 to 1819.
DINNER AND A MOVIE
There's something for everyone at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in downtown New York City. The international programme runs the gamut, from a documentary about high-school students in Baghdad to a short film about a rabbi in the midst of an existential crisis. Horror fans will delight in the bloody camp of the "Midnight Section", while the "Discovery Section" will introduce viewers to new talent. Look out for "Elite Squad", an award-winning film about police corruption on the streets of Rio de Janeiro by Jose Padilha, Brazilian director. There's also new work from Harmony Korine and Guy Maddin, and a documentary called "The Chicken, the Fish and the King Crab"--a suspenseful tale of Spanish chefs vying to win the Bocuse d'Or culinary competition.