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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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The Third of May, 1808

FRANCISCO GOYA, 1814

 

Francisco Goya’s painting, often called The Third of May, is not only a work of art, but a tribute to a time of courageous political resistance and bloodstained heroes. To fully understand Goya’s masterpiece would require a course in Spanish history; we have time only to briefly reflect upon the event.

 

When Napoleon became emperor of France in 1804, he made immediate plans to conquer and occupy neighboring Spain because of its strategic access to the Mediterranean Sea. At the request of Napoleon, Spain’s king, Charles IV, naïvely allowed French troops ...

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