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Goya submitted entries for the Royal Academy of Fine Art in 17, but was denied entrance.He then journeyed to Rome, where in 1771 he won second prize in a painting competition organized by the City of Parma.After the death of Charles III in 1788 and revolution in France in 1789, during the reign of Charles IV, Goya reached his peak of popularity with royalty.After contracting a high fever in 1792 Goya was left deaf, and he became withdrawn and introspective.The brother of King Charles III - banished from court for marrying beneath him - commissioned this group portrait of his family and servants.It is evening, the master of the household is playing cards, while his wife is having her hair done.He later moved to Madrid where he studied with Anton Raphael Mengs, a painter who was popular with Spanish royalty.He clashed with his master, and his examinations were unsatisfactory.
This brought his artistic talents to the attention of the Spanish monarchs who later would give him access to the royal court.He also painted a canvas for the altar of the Church of San Francisco El Grande, which led to his appointment as a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Art.In 1783, the Count of Floridablanca, a favorite of King Carlos III, commissioned him to paint his portrait.Goya was born in Fuendetodos, Spain, in the kingdom of Aragón in 1746 to José Benito de Goya y Franque and Gracia de Lucientes y Salvador.
He spent his childhood in Fuendetodos, where his family lived in a house bearing the family crest of his mother. About 1749, the family bought a house in the city of Saragossa and some years later moved into it.
Goya attended school at Escuelas Pias, where he formed a close friendship with Martin Zapater, and their correspondence over the years became valuable material for biographies of Goya.