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Goya in aragon

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes was born in Aragón, where he spent an essential period of his life: that in which his peculiar human and artistic personality was developed.

Looking at most of the work of this turbulent painter, it is easy to guess to what an extent the author's vicissitudes had an influence in the course his painting took.

It was during his childhood and youth years in Aragón that his character started to mould: a belligerent and pitiless character against hypocrisy, ignorance and foolishness.

Later, having been a witness of horror, poverty and cruelty during the siege of Zaragoza, he opened his painting's doors to heart-rending visions that would gradually become his most personal means of expression. It is precisely that feature that makes the work of the Aragonese genius an art that goes beyond any frontier.

We just have to observe the landscape from the ruins of Fuendetodos castle to appreciate some of the sharpest touches of his work. Goya always carried that landscape inside, a landscape whose harshness is deeply rooted in this land's inhabitants and in any traveller who stops to look at it.

ROUTE 1
Zaragoza: El Pilar, Carthusian Monastery of Aula Dei, Museum of Fine Arts.
Fuendetodos: Goya's Birthplace and Engraving Museum.

ROUTE 2
Zaragoza: El Pilar, Carthusian Monastery of Aula Dei, Museum of Fine Arts, Camón Aznar Museum, Archbishopric Palace.
Fuendetodos: Goya's Birthplace and Engraving Museum.
Huesca: Provincial Museum.
Calatayud: Church of San Juan el Real.
Muel: Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Fuente.
Remolinos: Parish church.
Pedrola: Palace of the Duchess of Villahermosa

PEDROLA
33 km. from Zaragoza, on the road to Logroño, by the Imperial Channel of Aragón, the town of Pedrola offers an important architectural patrimony.

MUEL
The old Muslim town of Mulawala lies 27 km. from Zaragoza, in the direction of Valencia, in the middle of the valley of the river Huerva.

REMOLINOS
Remolinos is 36 km. from Zaragoza, in the high riverside of the river Ebro, on the way to Tauste. Tradition says its famous salt mines were already worked by Aníbal. Whether it is true or not, what we can assure is that the salt mines of Remolinos were very appreciated during the Roman domination and nowadays they are still successfully worked.

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