Experts at the Prado Museum in Madrid have said they believe that one of its most famous paintings, the Colossus, was not painted by Goya, but by one of his pupils. They began to investigate the authorship of the painting after they found two initials – AJ – at the bottom of the canvas. They said those initials link the work to Asensio Juli, a friend and collaborator of Goya. The painting depicts a giant walking through a landscape as people flee in panic. The Colossus was traditionally thought to be one of paintings by the artist about Spain’s war of independence against the French in the early 1800s. The painting has not been included in an exhibition of Goya’s works which are currently on show in the Prado.
WHEN A GOYA IS NOT A GOYA