Monument to Goya


The Monument to Goya is located at the Plaza del Pilar. It is close to the Cathedral and the Lonja. The sculptures were the work of the Catalan artist Federico Mares, who also directed the building of the monument. There are sculptures of two women in typical dress of the 18th century and on a pedestal is the figure of Goya. Goya is standing with legs crossed and has a palette and brush in his hands. Goya was a native of Aragon. The monument was finished in 1908. On the wall is a phrase of Goya which says, “La fantasía abandonada de la razón produce monstruos, pero unida a ella es la madre de las artes”. The translation is: Fantasy without reason produces monsters, but united with reason it is the mother of the arts.