Last Old Master -Genius of Goya

King Carlos IV and His Family (1800–1801), painted by Francisco Goya

King Carlos IV ruled Spain from the 1780s through 1808, the latter years of the Enlightenment through the beginning of Napoleon’s invasion of and intervention in Spanish politics. Spain had fallen from a position of supreme power and influence in 1588 to a backwater with a far-flung empire in the Age of Enlightenment. The days of Cortes, Felipe II, and Cervantes had long passed. Madrid was hardly an intellectual center of…