Goya’s The Forge

USD $29.95



ISBN: 978-1-913875-52-7

80 pages

235 x 190 mm, (7 ¼ x 9 ½ in)

45 colour illustrations

In association with The Frick Collection, New York

March 2025


New volume in the Frick Diptych series features an illuminating essay by Frick deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon paired with a text by award-winning author Hisham Matar

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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) is among the most important Spanish artists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A late masterpiece, his Forge derives from the mythological theme of the forge of Vulcan, the metalworker of the Olympian gods. The figures in Goya’s monumental, haunting painting are instead muscular labourers at work around a blacksmith’s anvil. Salomon’s deeply researched text is complemented by a poetic piece by Matar.

Designed to foster critical engagement and interest specialist and non-specialist alike, each book in the Frick Diptych series illuminates a single work in the Frick’s rich collection with an essay by a Frick curator paired with a contribution from a contemporary artist or writer.

Author biographies

Hisham Matar is best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (2016). His most recent work is the novel My Friends (2024).

Xavier F. Salomon is deputy director & Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, New York

Table of Contents

  • Director’s Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • On Francisco Goya’s Forge by Hisham Matar
  • Goya’s Forge by Xavier F. Salomon
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Image Credits