The Gravina Fine Arts Museum of Alicante (Mubag) held an exhibition in June 2017 entitled "Goya. Witness of His Time", which brought together 138 prints from private collections. They invited reflection on themes that are still relevant 200 years later.

Some of the works were exhibited in Paris and Turkey, although the curators' selection of the exhibition at the Mubag was unique, according to consortium sources who stressed that it was "very difficult to see a complete series of Goya's graphic works".

The engravings on display, with their titles, were written in the Castilian of Goya's time and arranged in a manner reminiscent of confessionals, in dim lighting and in an atmosphere that invited the viewer to contemplate them thoughtfully.

Of the 138 engravings that were part of this exhibition, eighty were from the second edition of Disasters of War, of which there are very few prints in the world.

In this series, Goya, as a true "reporter" and with minute detail, dissects the horror of the War of Independence that affected the entire civilian population.

Like a witness, Goya created images of the conflict, not as a direct copy, but as the fruit of his independent and modern vision before the war, in which death is always omnipresent and the protagonists are the victims of both sides.

Also on display were forty prints from the series "The Tauromachy", reflecting a controversial theme in the nineteenth century, as well as in today's society, where some sectors fight over what happens in the arena and other parties fight over what happens to the bull.

The rest of the works in the exhibition belonged to "Los Disparates", a sombre series in which Goya combines the representation of reality and his inner world, dreamlike and fantastic, to denounce the vices, weaknesses and prejudices of man, such as paedophilia or prostitution.

These are eighteen prints full of subjectivism and surrealism that question irrational human behaviour from the point of view of an artist whose work suffered from the censorship of the time because of its "authenticity".

This exhibition was unique in that it was divided into three parts, which were then accompanied by the projection of images of actual scenes to reinforce that all that Goya told us still resonates today.

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