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The Encarta Encyclopedia defines fresco painting as watercolor on fresh plaster This kind of artwork is the keystone to the works of Francisco Goya Throughout his life he had used fresco as a way of self-expression as he tried to become and did succeed at becoming one of the last of the Old Masters Richard G01 He followed a period of romanticism as he was influenced by the works of Anton Raphael Mengs and brought about the coming of modernism with his Black Painting years Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes was born on March 30 1746 in a small village of Fuendetodos in the northeastern Spanish province of Aragon Goya s parents are Jose Goya and Engrain Lucientes They moved to Tarragona when Francisco was 4 years old He went to a religious school called the Seculars Pisa de San Anton In 1773 Goya married Josef Bayou the sister of a close friend who was with the royal court and later in his life helped him out by taking him into the royal home and recommending him Then in 1774 Goya was called to create designs called cartoons that were used as tapestries for royal homes About a year later in October 30 1775 Goya made 9 cartoons or tapestries for King Charles III Goya was asked to paint a picture of the Royal Family who was spending the season in the palace Aranjouez There he studied the natural order to affix the painting better There the whole family sits from king to son This painting also shows the style of Goya before the Black Paintings which is probably the most famous period of Goya s artwork The painting above has a natural symmetry to it as the subjects of the painting are dispersed evenly throughout the painting to add balance This work of art is arranged like a frieze the characters standing in a more-or-less straight line in a dull
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