Visitors assess Goya’s "The Duke of Osuna around 1795," left, "The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children 1788," centre, and "The Countess-Duchess of Benavente 1785” at London’s National Gallery, October 6, 2015.
AFP / Justin Tallis
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Spanish artist Francisco Goya, best known now for depicting the horrors of war, was celebrated in his own time as a great portrait painter for royalty and aristocrats, generals and despots, politicians and friends.An exhibition at London's National Gallery brings together about 70 portraits spanning nearly 50 years that show Goya painted with great honesty, never prettifying his subjects and achieving great intimacy as result.Curator Xavier Bray said the exhibition reappraised Goya's status as one of the great portrait painters in art history.Goya could capture a likeness as well as any photographer.It is also bookended by self-portraits of Goya as a young man and near the end of his days."Goya: The Portraits" is up at London's National Gallery through Jan. 10 .
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