Fuendetodos, Goya’s birthplace

Goya

25 km from Bodegas Care.

Fuendetodos is a typical, peaceful little rural village that bears the stamp of art and of its most famous son, the great painter Francisco de Goya.

The village’s main points of interest are related to the artist. The Museum of Engraving, in a typical Aragonese country house, is a must.  It gives you the chance to see, in one place, the four series of engravings – Los Caprichos, the Disasters of War, La Tauromaquia, and Los Disparates – a unique legacy in the universal history of art and among Goya’s best works, displaying his unbridled creative freedom.

On the same street, a few metres from the museum, is Goya’s Birthplace, where you can find more about the painter’s childhood, when his father worked as a master goldsmith in the local parish church.  Built in the mid-18th century, this house belonged to Miguel Lucientes, the brother of Goya’s mother, Gracia Lucientes, a member of the minor nobility. Here, she gave birth to Francisco José de Paula Goya on 30th March 1746. After remaining unrecognised for many years, the house was identified by Ignacio Zuloaga and a group of Zaragoza intellectuals in the early 20th century.

Next to the house stands the Zuloaga Exhibition Room for temporary exhibitions, which has displayed the works of great Spanish and international artists, such as Picasso, Miró, Gordillo, Arroyo, Plensa, Guinovart, Saura, Chillida, Arroyo, Hernández, Hernández Pijoan, Ràfols-Casamada, and Víctor Mira, among many others.

The graphic legacy by Francisco de Goya and other artists owned by Fuendetodos Town Council will, in the future, be displayed in the new Museum of Engraving, a modern, ambitious project under construction, which it is hoped will become a reference for graphic techniques.

If you are travelling with children, there are other local attractions, such as Fuendeverde, an unusual interpretation and leisure centre that wittily explains the natural values of the environment using creative compositions made from recycled materials.  The centre has a number of routes and nature workshops covering surrounding area.

The village has carefully preserved its heritage, maintaining its typical rural buildings and charm. The village streets have picturesque corners and interesting examples of traditional architecture, including country houses, the fountain, the Del Val wash house, several milestones, and building stone and limestone quarries. A former ice house, now reconditioned and in great condition, can also be visited.

Fuendetodos Town Council
C/ Cortes de Aragón, 7. 50142 Fuendetodos (Zaragoza) – Spain
Tfno.: +34 976 143 867
 info@fundacionfuendetodosgoya.org
www.fundacionfuendetodosgoya.org

 

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