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Francisco de Goya and William Blake, who we regard today as two of the greatest artists of the Romantic era, each produced a provocative set of engravings towards the end of his life. Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra [The Disasters of War] and Blake's Illustrations for the Book of Job are both contemplations on human suffering, specifically unjust suffering, and our response to it. When placed in dialogue with one another, these sets of engravings unearth new dimensions in their interpretation and consequently in our own thinking about suffering. This paper will explore suffering and response through four themes inherent in both the Disasters and Job: oppression of the innocent, the physical body, vengeance, and cyclical oppression. In addition to examining each artist's investigation of these themes, this paper will seek a basis for hope in the sentiments that Goya and Blake develop towards suffering.


Art and Design

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Library Research Prize Honorable Mention


ARH321 The History of Modern Art in 19th-­‐20th Century Europe

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Roosa, Wayne

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