“Collision of Art”
The prints from Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos series were among my favorite artworks in the Art Humanities syllabus. The set of 80 prints depict Goya’s reflections on and criticism of Spanish folly and foolishness. I found several thematic and formal similarities between these prints and other artworks in the Art Humanities syllabus. Art Humanities teaches meticulous observation and critical analysis, while inviting comparisons between artists to promote thoughtful and active engagements with art. In the spirit of this Core Curriculum course, I decided to create a series of interventions of Goya’s Los Caprichos prints. I merged Goya’s prints with the styles and artworks of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pieter Brueghel, Raphael and Tiziano Vecelli through the medium of collage.
“Ya tienen asiento (They are already seated)” combines both Brueghel’s and Goya’s critiques of human folly and indiscretion in a banquet scene. Warhol’s iconic Campbell Soup cans and dollar signs heighten Goya's message of gluttony in “Estan Calientes (They are hot)”. “No te escaparas (You will not escape)”, like Bernini’s marble sculpture “Apollo and Daphne”, portrays a woman turning away from a pursuer with arms stretched above her. The intervened “Ya van desplumados (There they go plucked)” encapsulates Pollock’s forceful and energetic method of drip painting. Finally, “Volavelant” depicts a Renaissance-inspired scene of a woman being elevated by angels.
These visual reflections on Art Humanities are a testament to the course’s overarching themes and motifs. Despite being separated by geographical and temporal contexts, these artists have produced works that share underlying ideas or visual compositions. The seemingly mismatched collages and visual juxtaposition of the works invite comparison of the showcased artists. The pieces offer a new take on art comparison: physically merging different artworks so that the viewer may recognize and relate the motives and themes behind them.
About the Scholar: Clara Maria Apostolatos
Clara Maria Apostolatos (CC'20) was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She is double majoring in Art History and Psychology and concentrating in Business Management. She is a member of the International Student Advisory Board, a teacher volunteer for Artists Reaching Out as well as the Double Discovery Center, and an illustrator for the Lion Magazine.