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Ignacio Zuloaga and Francisco De Goya face to face, two Spanish geniuses in a unique exhibition

"Zuloaga, Goya and Aragon: the strength of character" is the title of the exhibition organized by the City Council of Zaragoza and the Zuloaga Foundation, which will be open to the public from October 7 until January 8, 2023. The exhibition aims to delve into the magnificent synergies that emanate from the confrontation and relationship between Zuloaga and Goya, both through their works and their biographical profiles, paying particular attention to the Aragonese reference. An unprecedented, large-scale exhibition, aimed at the general public and experts in art and the history of Spain.

“Zuloaga, Goya and Aragon: the strength of character” is the title of the exhibition that can be visited at La Lonja from October 7 to January 8, 2023. Organized by the Zaragoza City Council and the Zuloaga Foundation, it has been curated by Dr. Margarita Ruyra de Andrade and Dr. José Ignacio Calvo Ruata.

This exhibition is based on the fascination that Ignacio Zuloaga felt towards Francisco de Goya, a feeling that he expressed in different ways: commemorations, research, restoration, pedagogy, collecting, collaboration in Goya’s opera and bullfighting shows… A dedication that turned into passion, and that would last all his life. Zuloaga copied a work by Goya when he was sixteen years old, during his first visit to the Prado Museum, but when he was thirty he became an expert on his work, acquired some of his paintings, authenticated others and advised collectors about Goya, and collected numerous books, photographs, postcards and other documents about the master.

“Zuloaga, Goya and Aragon: the strength of character” aims to delve into the magnificent synergies that emanate from the confrontation and relationship between Zuloaga and Goya, both through their works and their biographical profiles, paying particular attention to the Aragonese reference. Goya, a universal Aragonese, will always be contemplated from his homeland with singular enthusiasm. For his part, Zuloaga, one of the most renowned international artists of the first half of the 20th century and a profound admirer of Goya’s work, took a particular interest in Aragon, traveling and painting many of its landscapes, which led him to establish an intense relationship with his land and its people.

An unpublished exhibition of great importance, aimed at the general public and experts in art and the history of Spain, which includes a total of 192 works (oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, documentation and various elements of decorative arts), of which 39 are by Ignacio Zuloaga and 18 by Francisco Goya, in addition to works by Daniel Zuloada and other authors.

An exhibition space, presided over by the painting “La víctima de la fiesta” (intended for an immersive projection with blending technology), and which is divided into the following sections:

1. Admiration for Goya
2. Goya and Zuloaga. Family origins 3. Social-political restlessness
4. Clients
5. Amusements and spectacles
6. Metaphor of Spain?
7. Ansó, Fuendetodos and the Aragonese landscape 8. Ignacio Zuloaga and the Aragonese painters.

This is a large monographic retrospective, arranged thematically, with works from 31 collections:

Zuloaga Collection
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Bilbao City Hall
San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian
Monastery of Aránzazu, Oñate
Irun City Hall
Prado Museum
Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
National Heritage
General Archive of the Ministry of Justice, Madrid
Casa de Alba Foundation, Madrid
Complutense University of Madrid
March Foundation, Madrid
Valor Foundation, Madrid
Fine Arts Museum of Seville
Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga
Zaragoza City Hall
Provincial Council of Zaragoza
San Pablo Church, Zaragoza
Fuendetodos City Hall
Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts
The Hispanic Society of America, NY
Private collections

DIDACTIC VISITS: STARTING ON OCTOBER 18

Visits for schoolchildren and groups

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and noon; Thursdays at 5 p.m.
Free advance reservations from October 18 by e-mail at

didacticaexposiciones@zaragoza.es or telephone 976 721 447 Visits for families
Saturdays, at 5 p.m.
Visits for the general public

Sundays, at 11 a.m.

Free prior reservation from October 18 by telephone 976 397239 or at the Reception of the Lonja during opening hours to the public.

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