A biography of Goya, against changing Spanish backgrounds, from the powers of the inquisition to the attempts of the French to bring Spain out of darkness. A picture of Spain, court intrigues, lack of artistic values; of Goya's devotion to the Duchess of Alba, of his gradual development from a polite portrait painter, and religious painter, to a biting commentator on abuses suffered by the people. In spite of the upheavals, Goya remained safe. He used his growing deafness as a weapon for observation. Very human -- easy reading -- good picture of the country and the times. With current interest in art subjects, should have a sale.