How the Spanish Painter Goya Can Help Us Make Sense of a Troubling 2014

December 31, 2014 9:50 PM

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BOSTON - The Spanish master Francisco Goya painted 200 years ago at a time not unlike the age of disruption, revolution, barbarity and torture that defined the year 2014.

The last 12 months have presented a descending darkness amid streaks of piercing light that feels straight out of one of Goya's canvases. Painting in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Goya captured the tumult of the invasion and occupation of Spain by Napoleonic forces. He created searing scen...

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